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Rumble Fish Reviews

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December 11, 2007
Overwrought and overthought.
June 9, 2017
The chiaroscuro lighting and shadows are admittedly handsome, but there just isn't enough to keep Rumble Fish afloat in the story department. There's a lot of talking and existential ruminating, but very little forward movement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 22, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
July 3, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
March 24, 2005
Visually stunning but dramatically inert coming-of-age tale
| Original Score: 2/5
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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.
July 29, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
August 15, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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
June 10, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
March 4, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
August 31, 2017
(PODCAST) Although too stagy to stand the test of time, "Rumble Fish" retains the charm of its impossibly young cast that includes Diane Lane and Mickey Rourke.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 14, 2010
Teen-gang saga is more intense, violent than the book.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
January 1, 2000
A seminal work in teen films, shot appropriately in B/W (except for the fish).
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 11, 2007
If Rumble Fish fails as a traditional movie about real people, it is beguiling as an exercise in hallucinatory style.
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