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Son of Rambow Reviews

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Michael Dance
The Cinema Source
June 3, 2008
A number of young boys attended the screening I went to, and none of them seemed to be quite sure when they were supposed to laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
May 30, 2008
Jennings is clearly having a wonderful time recreating the fantasies of his youth, but sometimes his perspective get a little too inbred, and the picture suffers for it.
Bill Gibron
May 30, 2008
Wistful and a little wonky, playfully recreating a fanciful early '80s UK summer, Son of Rambow definitely feels like someone's personal experiences reinterpreted for public consumption.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
May 28, 2008
The word is that even Sly Stallone gave this film a blessing, marking one of the few times that the guy involved with the likes of Judge Dredd and Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot has displayed a modicum of good taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
May 23, 2008
It would be dishonest of me to say that it's more than an endearing, well-acted trifle with lovely intentions.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
May 23, 2008
What could have been an insightful look at how film and television mold our personalities is instead just another film about childhood friendship -- sweet, huggable and toothless.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
May 23, 2008
It's pretty good-natured, sweet and rather goofy.
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
May 23, 2008
The young performers, especially Milner and Poulter, are engaging without being cloying.
| Original Score: 4/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 23, 2008
A funny, worthy film that -- unlike Sylvester Stallone's one-man army -- loses focus before it completes its mission.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
May 23, 2008
It serves as both a coming of age film and a love letter to the power of movies.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric Melin
May 22, 2008
Inspiration comes in all forms and writer/director Garth Jennings gets that idea across with equal parts cliché and whimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
May 20, 2008
It's subversively eccentric and poignant but lacks the punch that fully fleshed-out characters and a more cohesive story could deliver.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Beth Accomando
May 19, 2008
Son of Rambow conveys the passion and imagination of these kids... But what the film also does is to place their fantasies in a very real context.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 18, 2008
...relies heavily on an audience's boys-will-be-boys tolerance.
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 16, 2008
We cringe and laugh at -- and are ultimately moved by -- their clumsiness and innocence. And it endears us to the Rambo films in ways we never could have anticipated.
Graham Killeen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 16, 2008
You know the Sundance drill: Eventually, the whole school is caught up in their good-natured artistic high jinks, and all involved learn the heartwarming lesson that there's a place in the world for a group of loners.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 16, 2008
With apologies to Mr. Stallone, no one would ever argue First Blood was an essential part of any healthy childhood. But the ability to make-believe certainly is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Joe Leydon
Houston Chronicle
May 16, 2008
Son of Rambow is an inventive and amusing coming-of-age movie that deftly entwines elements of farce and fantasy, rebelliousness and sentiment, while paying seriously funny tribute to the transcendent power of art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
May 16, 2008
These two boys have, along with writer-director Garth Jennings, turned a coming-of-age story into a treatise on both the fragility of artistic vision and the danger of popular opinion.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
May 16, 2008
Son of Rambow is half a great movie. At its best, it is a comic epic for half-pints.
| Original Score: B
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