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Based on 11 Reviews
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  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    A nonstop cavalcade of Roth-style animation starring Rat Fink, vintage footage, artfully animated black-and-white film, and fanciful "interviews" with beautifully preserved cars of the era. show more

  • 75
    Jennie Punter The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Mann (Comic Book Confidential) plays with archive, animation and music (hot soundtrack by the Sadies), illuminating another worthy counter-culture corner. Pure fun, fun, fun. show more

  • 50
    Janice Page Boston Globe

    To those filmgoers who wouldn't know Rat Fink from Barton Fink, this reviewer's advice is: Pass. The latest counterculture tribute by Mann, director of 1988's "Comic Book Confidential" and 1999's "Grass," is as proudly silly as it is informative, and it can't help that a critical amount of brand coolness gets lost in the translation. show more

  • 50
    Film Threat

    Full of interesting visuals and illustrations, Tales of the Rat Fink would have made a really great introduction to a film that I never got to see. show more

  • 78
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    Tales of the Rat Fink is an ebullient survey of Roth's life that revs along with the zest a souped-up hot rod. show more

  • 83
    Marc Mohan Portland Oregonian

    In addition to a vast array of incredible autos crafted from fiberglass, Roth also created the anti-Mickey cartoon character Rat Fink, a deranged-looking, filthy rodent. show more

  • 75
    Sean Axmaker Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    The colorful cultural history lesson in an idiosyncratic key is entertaining and informative, if a little indulgent in its adoration of Roth and his counter-car culture. show more

  • 70
    Scott Foundas L.A. Weekly

    These hunks of greased lightning tell how a gearhead SoCal teen got wind of the post-World War II hot-rodding craze, crossed paths with a pinstriper named von Dutch and ended up as the automotive visionary whom Tom Wolfe famously called “a genius of the only uniquely American art form.” show more

  • 70
    Los Angeles Times

    A breezy and lightweight primer, but to really make Roth's work and influence into more than just a nostalgia trip would require a discipline and wit seemingly beyond Mann's easygoing, feel-good survey. show more

  • 70
    Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader

    Some of Roth's cars become characters, their voices furnished by Ann-Margret, Jay Leno, Brian Wilson, Matt Groening, Tom Wolfe, and others. The pace never flags, and the enthusiasm is infectious. show more

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