The Rocket Reviews

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 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
A Lao-brow fable that resonates richly with the realities of globalisation.
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.
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 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 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.
January 6, 2014
Formulaic but likeable.
December 17, 2013
It's an emotionally forceful film, hurtling towards the kind of conclusion that Western audiences want to see.
December 17, 2013
The Rocket is a thoroughly infectious yarn set among the jungles of Laos.
April 25, 2013
If you aren't moved by the "The Rocket" your heart is defective