The Rocket Reviews

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March 10, 2014
A stirring, lushly-constructed celebration of youthful spirit.
March 10, 2014
This strikingly original feelgood fable is artfully balanced between director Kim Mordaunt's roots in documentary and a spellbinding magic realism.
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.
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.
March 4, 2014
It follows a search for personal salvation while painting a portrait of Laotian life that's both revealing and relatable.
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.
February 26, 2014
A coming-of-age fable driven by naturalistic performances and a poignant atmosphere of loss.
February 18, 2014
This engaging fable oscillates between feel-good spunk and unexpected tragedy, and hits the right notes along the way.
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.
January 11, 2014
Uplifting, engrossing and thrilling while remaining accessible to both art-house and mainstream audiences. It's destined to become a sleeper hit.
January 10, 2014
The Rocket is a well-constructed delivery system for sparkly cheer, but it lacks a more substantial payload.
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.
January 10, 2014
In 'The Rocket' the children and outcasts triumph because they are innocent enough to believe and act as though the impossible is possible.
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.
January 9, 2014
A pretty, somewhat sleepy and finally strange once-upon-a-time tale...
Top Critic
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.
January 9, 2014
The characters may be clichs, but the performances are utterly fresh.
January 9, 2014
A coming-of-age tale infused with fantastic elements that more than compensate for its predictability.
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.
January 6, 2014
The visually stunning location of Laos provides an enthralling and evocative backdrop for director/screenwriter Kim Mordaunt's engaging film The Rocket, a lush and bruising coming-of-age story.
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