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Rushmore Reviews

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
March 17, 2014
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.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 17, 2014
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.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
March 17, 2014
A quirky, sometimes hilarious and often touching comic fable.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
March 17, 2014
There's an unshakable confidence about this coming-of-age fable that matches that of its central character, Max Fischer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
March 17, 2014
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.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 17, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
March 17, 2014
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.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 17, 2014
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.
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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News
March 7, 2014
One of the freshest, richest, most original films to come out of Hollywood in a very long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 4, 2010
The director treats eccentricity with compassionate respect: no winking, no nudges to even like the boy. The filmmaking, meanwhile, is beautifully disciplined.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
October 18, 2008
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 12, 2008
You also have to admire the creepy arrogance of Schwartzman's performance.
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July 18, 2007
What I wanted was a larger perspective, something more insightful than the one-thing-after-another existential whimsy.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 18, 2007
A wickedly funny high school comedy for most of its running time, Rushmore is a bracingly fresh and original outing.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A peculiar, poignant comedy, with an outstanding character turn from Murray.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
This film is so not-from-the-cookie-cutter, so unaccommodating of our expectations, that we can't anticipate where Anderson's going to take us. Every scene is a discovery or sly diversion.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
February 4, 2004
A true original: a film that stands apart from the crowd, goes its own way and all but dares you not to like it.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 12, 2002
One of the most original, good-hearted comedies in a long time, Rushmore is the sort of movie where the strangest sequences of discords somehow keep managing to reach giddily improbable resolutions.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
To call Rushmore a romantic triangle about clinical depressives doesn't allow for the film's bracing humanism.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
...Anderson has an idiosyncratic sensibility, the rare ability to create a world that is completely his own. Unique worlds, however, can be off-putting enough to discourage civilians from spending time there.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
[Rushmore is] structured like a comedy, but there are undertones of darker themes, and I almost wish they'd allowed the plot to lead them into those shadows.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Rushmore is intended to be hip and funny, but it's not really either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Along comes Rushmore, and, well, I don't know what the hell it is exactly, except that it's a work of loopy, original comic genius.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
The sensibility is in no way derivative, although the friendly score and engagingly quirky performances suggest the warm, puppy-dog humanism of a young Jonathan Demme.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
It's a particular treat for its skewed, hilarious memories of a cutthroat boyhood.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Rushmore has a good deal of content and human qualities to spare, but what makes it such a charming and satisfying experience is its style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
There's a sweet humanity about the picture, though it's anything but sentimental. It's odd, definitely odd.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4