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Based on 22 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The film itself is wretched. A grueling, numbing black hole. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Rocket flies with comic-kaze crooks. [21 February 1996, p. D6] show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    This is a movie about friendship, about foolhardy endeavors that get your adrenaline going and make you feel life buzzing in your toes. Written with wit and concision and remarkable confidence, Bottle Rocket is a joyride worth taking. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    It's a cool breeze of a comedy, with a slant on things that's dark but compassionate. Watching Bottle Rocket doesn't just make you laugh. It makes you smile between the laughs, think beneath the smiles. show more

  • 75
    Baltimore Sun

    Bottle Rocket's off-handed, anti-professional humor is extremely amusing and its ability to evoke the bittersweet pangs of love and friendship very poignant. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    sStarts and finishes strong, but, somewhere in the middle, it loses its focus and its way. show more

  • 63
    Slant Magazine

    Anderson has a great deal of empathy for his charming band of fuck-ups, but the characters are thinly drawn, and Anderson's attempts to lend the story emotional weight, like giving Anthony a ludicrously one-dimensional love interest in South American housekeeper Inez (Lumi Cavazos), largely fall flat. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Entertaining if you understand exactly what it is: if you see it as a film made by friends out of the materials presented by their lives and with the freedom to not push too hard. show more

  • 12
    San Francisco Examiner

    Several times during this film, you wish you were a bottle rocket so you could explode out of your seat and leave this tedious mess behind. show more

  • 80
    Kim Newman Empire

    In an era not exactly short of quirky bungled heist movies, Anderson and Wilson take an interesting tack – coming in late on lifelong relationships, and showing us the pay-offs to friendships and resentments that have been simmering for years. show more

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