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Steven Soderbergh followed up his slick, star-studded sequel, Ocean's Twelve, with Bubble, a small-town drama about workers in a doll factory, played by a cast of unknowns. Martha (Debbie Doebereiner) seems to have acclimated herself to a very simple life. She works at the factory, where she eats lunch with a younger co-worker, Kyle (Dustin Ashley), and goes home to take care of her elderly father. Her routine is disrupted when an attractive young woman, Rose (Misty Wilkins), is hired at the factory to help them with the holiday rush. Rose soon tells the others that she's eager to… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Bubble is best considered as a failed-but-occasionally-nifty experiment."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"There's an honesty in what Soderbergh's camera has captured that, while not real in the strictest sense of the term, is nevertheless true-to-life."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A still, sometimes eerie imitation of life that casts a cold eye over small town paralysis."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
"Both self-sufficient and utterly incomplete"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Bubble is an intriguing work for other reasons, though: in some ways, Soderbergh takes us back to his iconic debut, sex, lies and videotape, where realism was the film's most powerful weapon."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"The local atmosphere, filmed on the Ohio-West Virginia border, is rigorously authentic and so is the cast, none of whose members have acted before."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"It's not really interesting enough to warrant a regular run. But it's worth a one-shot 73-minute outing on the program of your local festival."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Is there another contemporary filmmaker whose work swings as unpredictably between the seductive and the alienating as does Steven Soderbergh's?"
‑ Amy Taubin, Film Comment Magazine
"Soderbergh artlessly presents America's concealed poverty that drives the paltry ambitions of many of its citizens."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Appears at first glance to be either a violent attack on the white working poor, or not aggressive enough in its critique of the cultural degradation of that social class."
‑ Karina Longworth, Cinematical
"I was blown away."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"These conversations are about as deadly dull as any dialogue I've ever heard even in the earliest talkies."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Finally got around to seeing this film and was impressed with Soderbergh's experimental style. This guy continues to be one of best directors around today. Paul Chambers, CNN."
‑ Paul Chambers, CNNRadio
""Bubble" is paced very deliberately, like a slowly dripping faucet. Scenes do not seem to be performed, but rather captured like surveillance videos."
‑ Brian Holcomb, Beyond Hollywood
"Not quite Hitchcock, but a satisfying flick, and proof positive that you don't need a big budget or A-list talent to make a decent whodunit."
‑ Kam Williams, DallasBlack.com
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