The Rocketeer Reviews

June 21, 2018
Undeniably, Rocketeer's overall trajectory is pleasing and winning, but it lacks the quirky charms and personal idiosyncracies that endeared other big-effects films to tot and sophisticate alike.
July 6, 2010
A piece of blandly enthusiastic, B-movie pulp.
Top Critic
April 18, 2007
This $40 million adventure fantasy puts a shiny polish on familiar elements: airborne hero, damsel in distress, Nazi villains, 1930s Hollywood glamor, and dazzling special effects.
April 18, 2007
The whole thing is good-natured enough, but increasingly mechanical.
June 24, 2006
Neat idea, peachy visuals, but there ain't much else to grip the imagination.
August 30, 2004
Plenty of energy has gone into making this a bustling, visually clever film with an amusing late-1930's stylishness, but the purpose of such effort is uncertain.
May 12, 2001
The film is awash in all kinds of surprises that are too juicy to reveal.
February 13, 2001
The Rocketeer may not be perfect, but it's an excellent example of how to adapt a comic book to the screen.
January 1, 2000
Based on a comic book, deliciously corny but not campy, "The Rocketeer" is the movie Dick Tracy and Batman wanted to be.
January 1, 2000
You have to dial down, to return to an age of innocence when an eccentric inventor and a clear-eyed hero could take on the bad guys with a new gizmo they'd dreamed up overnight.
January 1, 2000
It's a humble little item, actually, easily digested and easily forgotten.