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The Rocket Reviews

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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
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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
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
January 16, 2014
Mordaunt doesn't always succeed at balancing the sentimental, the political and the ethnographic, but at its strongest the story is a seamless melding of history's dark undertow and a child's indefatigable optimism.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 10, 2014
Long on atmosphere and less sentimental about poverty than "Beasts of the Southern Wild," the film carries a potent charge of authenticity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
January 9, 2014
A pretty, somewhat sleepy and finally strange once-upon-a-time tale...
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January 9, 2014
Disamoe demonstrates the resourcefulness he learned during a period when he was a street seller and beggar. It's his exuberant performance, as much as the pungently naturalistic setting, that lifts The Rocket's scenario above the generic.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 9, 2014
The characters may be clichés, but the performances are utterly fresh.
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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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Ronnie Scheib
January 6, 2014
The adventures of a 10-year-old Laotian boy are subject to radically different interpretations in The Rocket, Australian documentarian Kim Mordaunt's impressive narrative debut.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
January 6, 2014
Formulaic but likeable.
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Jordan Hoffman
April 25, 2013
If you aren't moved by the "The Rocket" your heart is defective
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10