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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
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.
Alex Doenau
December 17, 2013
The Rocket was designed as a crowd pleaser, and it does that: it combines the danger of the unknown with the safety of feel-good narrative expectations for film festival success, and perhaps even general release victory.
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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John Oursler
Village Voice
January 9, 2014
A coming-of-age tale infused with fantastic elements that more than compensate for its predictability.
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Andrew Frisicano
Time Out
January 8, 2014
Kim Mordaunt's when-life-gives-you-land-mines tale is light on well-drawn characters, but its performances, especially from the nonprofessional junior members, more than light the fuse for the finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
Rodrigo Perez
The Playlist
May 3, 2013
Endearing, gripping and heartwarming, The Rocket recently won the "World Narrative Competition" prize at Tribeca, and it's easy to see why. The picture is crowd pleasing and enjoyable, but admiringly respectful and carefully considered.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine
January 10, 2014
The particulars of Laos's historical conflicts are sometimes only obliquely confronted, but the torrid past of covered-up wars palpably echoes through the scarred yet majestic landscapes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Adam Lowes
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
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
Liam Maguren
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
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
August 29, 2013
A true original, depicting a culture rarely filmed, observed with a respectful but never overly reverential eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Simon Miraudo
June 9, 2013
Crowd-pleasers come in many mysterious packages, and there might not be a bigger crowd-pleaser this year than The Rocket; a disarming fable about a makeshift family desperately seeking a place to live in a ravaged Laos.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
August 27, 2013
It has a great story to tell and subtly mixes the comedic and dramatic genres. Some moments will leave you smiling. Other moments will leave you on the edge of your seat.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 29, 2013
An extremely rewarding and entertaining film made all the stronger for the integrity and cultural details that underpin it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Don Groves
Film Journal International
January 3, 2014 immaculately crafted, visually stunning and affecting rite-of-passage drama
Ed Gibbs
The Sunday Age
August 25, 2013
A hugely enjoyable, thoroughly infectious feature debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ed Gibbs
Sydney Morning Herald
December 17, 2013
The Rocket is a thoroughly infectious yarn set among the jungles of Laos.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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