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Rumble Fish Reviews

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Variety Staff
December 11, 2007
Overwrought and overthought.
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 22, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
The action is clotted and murky, and Coppola obviously hasn't bothered to clarify it for the members of his cast, who wander through the film with expressions of winsome, honest befuddlement.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 21, 2003
A number of the images in Rumble Fish are more memorable than the film is as a whole, sometimes for the wrong reasons.
| Original Score: 2/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 3, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
March 24, 2005
Visually stunning but dramatically inert coming-of-age tale
| Original Score: 2/5
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
Coppola's recent viewing seems to have been German silent films of the '20s, so he has decided to coat the whole enterprise in a startling Expressionist style, which is very arresting but hardly appropriate to the matter in hand.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 1, 2005
This is a movie you are likely to hate, unless you can love it for its crazy, feverish charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Szymanski
August 15, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic
October 11, 2005
An offbeat experiment that, while certainly not a brilliant movie, flies far more than it fails.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rebecca Murray
June 10, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
March 4, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
September 14, 2010
Teen-gang saga is more intense, violent than the book.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Glasby
May 24, 2003
An iconic outsider of 1980s teen cinema, Rumble Fish remains an intriguing anomaly on Coppola's chequered CV.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 22, 2012
Rumble Fish is like a unisex Sweet 16 gift for children whose favorite hangouts are the pool hall, the Cinématheque Française, and the rings of Saturn.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
A seminal work in teen films, shot appropriately in B/W (except for the fish).
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
December 11, 2007
If Rumble Fish fails as a traditional movie about real people, it is beguiling as an exercise in hallucinatory style.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 29, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
June 29, 2004
Art for adolscents, tricked out in quasi-seriousness. Once hip, now amusing.
| Original Score: 3/5
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