• R, 1 hr. 33 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Wes Anderson
    In Theaters:
    Sep 17, 1998 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 29, 1999
  • Touchstone Pictures


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Rushmore Reviews

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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Schwartzman is cautious but stubbornly optimistic, while Murray is possessed by the mania of near-despair... They make the best and most disconcerting odd couple that American movies have produced in a long while.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

March 17, 2014
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Rushmore is an almost indefinable genre of its own. A comedy with a menacing edge? An ironic romance? Hard to call. Anderson, the director and co-writer, and Wilson, co-writer, have a vision like no one else's.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 17, 2014
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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A quirky, sometimes hilarious and often touching comic fable.

Full Review Source: New York Post

March 17, 2014
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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There's an unshakable confidence about this coming-of-age fable that matches that of its central character, Max Fischer.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 4/4

March 17, 2014
Andrew Pulver

Rushmore offers more than simply a series of high-grade yuks; it's a finely-judged parable on the line between self-delusion and reality.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

March 17, 2014
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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If happiness is finding something you love to do and doing it forever, one of my somethings might just be watching this oddly uproarious little flick.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel

March 17, 2014
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Anderson fulfills the promise of his inventive Bottle Rocket with this quirky, often hilarious comedy, and Murray gives his most uproarious performance since the groundbreaking Groundhog Day.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 4/4

March 17, 2014
Ann Hornaday
Baltimore Sun

Despite cute moments, nothing about Rushmore begs to be liked, which makes this modest comedy all the more satisfying.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 4/4

March 17, 2014
Leah Rozen
People Magazine

A gloriously inventive little comedy about the scholastic and romantic woes of a 15-year-old student at a private academy.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

March 17, 2014
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)

Just when you expect the film to do something normal, it takes off like Murray -- riffing on reality as only he, and filmmaker Anderson, can.

Full Review Source: Spokesman-Review (Washington) | Original Score: 3/4

March 17, 2014
Serena Donadoni
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

It's somehow fitting that in this Maxcentric universe, Rushmore exists as a satirical comedy, full of dry wit and adolescent absurdities, and a bittersweet valentine to manipulative misfits who actually find the love they deserve.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: 4.5/5

March 17, 2014
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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There's a danger of overselling Anderson's sweet-hearted, loony little fantasy, but everything -- from the soundtrack of '60s Brit bands with their jangly anthems of angsty love to Robert Yeoman's slightly hyper-real photography -- fits perfectly.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 4/4

March 17, 2014
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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An inspired second feature from director Wes Anderson and co-writer Owen Wilson, the picture shares the offbeat rhythms and disarming humor of their overlooked debut, Bottle Rocket.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 17, 2014
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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The hint of genuine pathos [Murray] brings to Rushmore tempers Schwartzman's brash, sometimes off-putting antics, gracing an already great comedy with surprising depth and heart.

Full Review Source: AV Club

March 17, 2014
Joanna Berry
Radio Times

Bill Murray -- playing a depressed millionaire -- steals every scene in this quirky, edgy and very funny tale of an outsider who just might end up leading all those who laugh at him.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

March 17, 2014

Total Film

Rushmore is accurate enough on the teen-angst front to make you wince, yet whimsical enough to make you want Max to win.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

March 17, 2014
Dave Kehr
New York Daily News
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One of the freshest, richest, most original films to come out of Hollywood in a very long time.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/4

March 7, 2014
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Bill Murray projects a seriocomic intensity here comparable to Charlie Chaplin's classic Little Tramp.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

April 21, 2012
Eric Melin

Rushmore may have shades of J.D. Salinger's writing and Hal Ashby's movies, but Wes Anderson pulls humor from the trickiest of situations and always manages to surprise.

Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 4/4

December 9, 2011
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Probably of more interest to adults than to teens.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

December 28, 2010
Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The droll, anarchic prep school comedy Rushmore finds director Wes Anderson and screenwriter Owen Wilson affectionately chronicling the efforts of a precocious misfit to carve out a niche in a harsh, illogical world.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

March 17, 2014
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