The Rocket Reviews

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August 29, 2019
A unique locale and cinematically underexplored group of people serves an intriguing jumping point into a tale that's otherwise quite predictable, though enhanced by its ability to remain, simply, a tale of overcoming unfortunate circumstance.
August 28, 2019
Over-produced and shamelessly manipulative, The Rocket employs a cringe-inducing score that cues every desired audience response, including unalloyed uplift at the end.
April 3, 2019
A feel-good family film that evokes the winning dazzle of the best Disney pictures (the animated ones, especially), but without the patronizing sentimentality.
March 8, 2019
Though its central didactic message of retaining hope in the face of adversity is utterly commendable, it's in the winning lead turns of its two child stars that The Rocket really earns its plaudits.
February 28, 2019
What elevates The Rocket from a good film to outstanding is the performance of Sitthiphon Disamoe, our spirited central character.
August 31, 2018
Australian director [Kim] Mordaunt immerses us in this new land and its surprising people, only to reveal that the unknown "other" is just like us.
January 3, 2018
It's a charming and visually appealing tale filled with energy, humour and heart, yet without a hint of sentimentality.
September 1, 2017
[It's] a feel-good, triumph-over-adversity story involving a small boy and, although this outcome also isn't in any doubt, at least the journey is fascinating and it's been made with a heart that is warm.
October 8, 2015
If the Laotians in the film appear to be superstitious simpletons, it's not because they actually are - it's because Mr. Mordaunt made them so.
April 18, 2014
Inescapeable hopelessness turns out to be neither
April 13, 2014
A vital fairytale about a ten-year-old Laotian boy whose family thinks he's been cursed since birth, "The Rocket" is an unlikely heartwarmer.
March 31, 2014
In some ways, it feels like a throwback to many '80s teen movies, where everything comes down to a competition at the end, and the hero will finally get the chance to prove his worth.
March 14, 2014
Vivid, travelogue-y village pic.
March 14, 2014
Try not to fall off the edge of your seat during the film's nail-biting final scenes.
March 14, 2014
Despite some dark edges, this crowd-pleasing Laotian drama is far too heartwarming for its own good.
March 13, 2014
It is a likable piece of work whose gentleness is an interesting contrast to the grim and even tragic subject matter.
March 13, 2014
It's beautiful, engrossing and uplifting without an artificial note.
March 13, 2014
This utterly charming, fable-like coming of age tale will live longer in the hearts and minds of audiences.
March 13, 2014
A simple but charming, affecting and thought-provoking story, rich in atmosphere and local history, and beautifully acted by its young leads.
March 13, 2014
A Lao-brow fable that resonates richly with the realities of globalisation.
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