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Based on 15 Reviews
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  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Watching Ahlo mix his explosives is like watching a Cordon Bleu chef whipping up a stupendous soufflé. show more

  • 60
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    Young actor Sitthiphon Disamoe helps keep the tale of a can-do kid from becoming too cute. show more

  • 70
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Yes, The Rocket is a sports movie, with an outcome that's easily foreseen. The cultural specifics of this Laos-set tale, however, are far less predictable. show more

  • 85
    Jordan Hoffman

    The kid performances are impressive and the subtext of a region still shaking off the effects of a long-ended war gives seed to some much needed discussion. show more

  • 75
    Nick McCarthy Slant Magazine

    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. show more

  • 63
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Long on atmosphere and less sentimental about poverty than “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” the film carries a potent charge of authenticity. show more

  • 80
    Angie Errigo Empire

    A stirring, lushly-constructed celebration of youthful spirit. show more

  • 80
    Total Film

    This strikingly original feelgood fable is artfully balanced between director Kim Mordaunt’s roots in documentary and a spellbinding magic realism. show more

  • 60
    Time Out New York

    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. show more

  • 50
    Noah Berlatsky The Dissolve

    The Rocket is a well-constructed delivery system for sparkly cheer, but it lacks a more substantial payload. show more

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