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Son of Rambow Reviews

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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-
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
May 23, 2008
It would be dishonest of me to say that it's more than an endearing, well-acted trifle with lovely intentions.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 23, 2008
It's pretty good-natured, sweet and rather goofy.
May 23, 2008
The young performers, especially Milner and Poulter, are engaging without being cloying.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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
May 23, 2008
It serves as both a coming of age film and a love letter to the power of movies.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
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.
May 18, 2008
...relies heavily on an audience's boys-will-be-boys tolerance.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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.
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
May 16, 2008
Son of Rambow is half a great movie. At its best, it is a comic epic for half-pints.
Read More | Original Score: B
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