Bottle Rocket
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A bright, optimistic caper comedy from first-time director Wes Anderson, Bottle Rocket focuses on a group of young Texans aspiring to become master thieves. Their leader is Dignan (Owen C. Wilson, who also co-wrote the screenplay), an upbeat if naive charmer who convinces his friends Anthony (Wilson's brother Luke Wilson) and Bob Mapplethorpe (Robert Musgrave) to enter the crime business. After their first heist, a bizarrely-executed robbery of a local bookstore, the trio goes on the lam, taking up residence in a border hotel where Anthony falls in love with a maid played by Lumi Cavazos.… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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"A confident, eccentric debut about a trio of shambling and guileless friends who become the Candides of crime, Rocket feels particularly refreshing because it never compromises on its delicate deadpan sensibility."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"It's only in the finale of Bottle Rocket, brimming over with poignant male self-delusion, that the flair and sizzle of Anderson's future promise returns."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Bottle Rocket may not be profound work, but it shows off some genuine talent both behind and in front of the camera."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"[An] agreeably eccentric comedy crime drama."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"[Bottle Rocket] meanders pleasantly, like a road movie, with a seventies-style, anything-goes offhandedness that whisks the audience through the rough spots."
‑ Bruce Diones, New Yorker
"Bottle Rocket is a beguiling surprise, a terrific little movie comedy about a slightly addled gang of young criminal wannabes."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"This deliciously offbeat comedy gets much of its oomph from a loopy screenplay and lead performances that can only be called hilariously bland, or is it blandly hilarious?"
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"This is a small movie of raffish charm, similar in feel and tone to last year's independent hit The Brothers McMullen."
‑ , People Magazine
"A lot of the script has the ring of authenticity if only because all the private jokes and references that pass by are plainly embedded in the real lives of the creators."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Bottle Rocket was conceived as a low-budget family affair -- it has more Wilsons than the Beach Boys -- and outside of a few cult-intensive pockets of fandom, that's where it's likely to end up."
‑ David Hinckley, New York Daily News
"With a wild-card character like Dignan, he could be either the most original character in many a moon -- or never convincing. Wilson, with his cockeyed grin and rapid-fire delivery, comes off as a young Dennis Hopper."
‑ Doug Thomas, Seattle Times
"Like the cheap pyrotechnic of the title, Bottle Rocket neither goes very far nor ends with a bang, and that's part of its charm, originality and delight."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"Anderson's debut film is a small-scale delight."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"This is Anderson still finding his feet, but the steps and swagger are confident."
‑ James White, Total Film
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