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Based on 28 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 75
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    Rocket Science has the makings of either a tragedy or a crowd-pleasing underdog story, but writer-director Jeffrey Blitz instead takes the movie on a different, and ultimately more rewarding, direction. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    It is smart, witty and blessedly unpredictable. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Blitz captures the melancholy, the rage, the wackiness and drama of adolescence, and he gets winning performances out of his young stars. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    A quirky comedy-drama that gets the bulk of its humor from the well-placed non sequitur. It never seems to be going where you think it is, and that includes its oddly endearing dialogue. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Catapulted by an endearing lead performance by Reece Daniel Thompson as a stuttering high-school student, Rocket Science transcends the predictable high-school yarn and arcs into usually unexplored domains of self-discovery and personal growth in a coming-of-age film. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    I suspect a lot of high school students will recognize elements of real life in the movie, and that the movie will build a following. It may gross as little as "Welcome to the Dollhouse" or as much as "Clueless," but whichever it does, it's in the same league. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Teenage angst and adolescent agony are the stuff of sharp, observant comedy this quirky, wonderfully dry first fiction feature from documentary filmmaker Jeffrey Blitz (Spellbound). show more

  • 88

    As fate would have it, Rocket Science might prove to be the handiwork of a burgeoning cinematic genius. show more

  • 88
    Jennie Punter The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The movies have given us plenty of loquacious teenagers – from such fast-talking truants as Ferris Bueller to such overachieving political animals as Tracy Flick ( Election). Hal Hefner is not one of these kids. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    To his credit, Blitz throws in an unexpected twist that delivers a more ambivalent ending than your typical sports movie. show more

  • October 08, 2012 davidpaq
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    One of the best unseen movies! Staged in Jersey, it captures some of the drama that happens in most high schools, but really has that NJ feel to it. The characters play a pivotal role in capturing the audience and making you feel insecure, nervous and sick....just like high school all over again! Enjoy it!

  • November 21, 2008 dow2114
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    Re: Dow2114...Popcorn and coke...

  • May 22, 2008 JOE & LIL ALSTON
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    When an excellent film is released and is offered as an "exclusive" in a very limited number of theaters, it severely inconviences the public as well as hurts the monetary return to the producers. Such is the case with "Rocket Science." In the Baltimore area, it is available in just one theater. That one theater is in a very urban location with all of the negatives associated with older urban settings. I think that the public deserves to be able to make choices, rather than the "take it or leave it" attitude that this situation creates.

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