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The Rocket Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
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.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
April 18, 2014
Inescapeable hopelessness turns out to be neither
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ray Pride
Newcity
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.
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Erik McClanahan
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
March 14, 2014
Vivid, travelogue-y village pic.
Tara Brady
Irish Times
March 14, 2014
Try not to fall off the edge of your seat during the film's nail-biting final scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
March 14, 2014
Despite some dark edges, this crowd-pleasing Laotian drama is far too heartwarming for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
March 13, 2014
It is a likable piece of work whose gentleness is an interesting contrast to the grim and even tragic subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Deborah Ross
The Spectator
March 13, 2014
[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.
Adam Lowes
HeyUGuys
March 13, 2014
This utterly charming, fable-like coming of age tale will live longer in the hearts and minds of audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
March 13, 2014
A Lao-brow fable that resonates richly with the realities of globalisation.
| Original Score: 4/5
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
March 10, 2014
A stirring, lushly-constructed celebration of youthful spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Kinnear
Total Film
March 10, 2014
This strikingly original feelgood fable is artfully balanced between director Kim Mordaunt's roots in documentary and a spellbinding magic realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Liam Maguren
Flicks.co.nz
March 6, 2014
A first [feature] for both Mordaunt's filmography and the country's catalogue of internationally-released titles and it's difficult to imagine a debut being stronger.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
March 4, 2014
The Rocket won't change anyone's world, but as a pleasantly sweet piece of world cinema, it's still worth seeing and being charmed by.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 4, 2014
It follows a search for personal salvation while painting a portrait of Laotian life that's both revealing and relatable.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 28, 2014
A powerful, deeply moving drama about a young boy who comes to terms with the tragedies that have befallen his family by creating a thing of beauty - a gorgeous, high-flying rocket emitting triumphant bursts of color - out of refuse left by the war.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Mottram
The List
February 26, 2014
A coming-of-age fable driven by naturalistic performances and a poignant atmosphere of loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
February 18, 2014
This engaging fable oscillates between feel-good spunk and unexpected tragedy, and hits the right notes along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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