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Rushmore Reviews

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.
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.
March 17, 2014
A quirky, sometimes hilarious and often touching comic fable.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
October 18, 2008
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 12, 2008
You also have to admire the creepy arrogance of Schwartzman's performance.
July 18, 2007
What I wanted was a larger perspective, something more insightful than the one-thing-after-another existential whimsy.
July 18, 2007
A wickedly funny high school comedy for most of its running time, Rushmore is a bracingly fresh and original outing.
June 24, 2006
A peculiar, poignant comedy, with an outstanding character turn from Murray.
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.
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.
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
May 11, 2001
To call Rushmore a romantic triangle about clinical depressives doesn't allow for the film's bracing humanism.
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.
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
January 1, 2000
Rushmore is intended to be hip and funny, but it's not really either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
It's a particular treat for its skewed, hilarious memories of a cutthroat boyhood.
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
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