Nobel Son
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A young man's moment of triumph is spoiled when he gets kidnapped before he can impress his father in this black comedy. Eli Michaelson (Alan Rickman), a well-respected scientist, has learned that he's won the Nobel Prize in chemistry, which is a mixed blessing for his friends and family; while Eli's ego is a bit strong under the best of circumstances, this affirmation of his talent and intelligence has made him insufferable. Eli's wife, Sarah (Mary Steenburgen), a talented forensic psychiatrist, is more than annoyed by Eli's fondness for extramarital affairs (and lack of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Is it a thriller? Is it a heist movie? Is it a comedy?"
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"It's one of those films stuffed with odd characters in overblown situations. Unfortunately, you don't care about any of them."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The writing is hopelessly obtuse, and it seems that the writer was just trying to pull a fast one on the audience."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"I have no idea how all the scenes in this movie connect. But I loved watching it unfold."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"Never feels like anything more than an über-nerd desperately trying to be cool -- like watching Jon Heder pretending to be James Bond."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"I had high hopes for Nobel Son at the halfway point, but it ultimately really completely collapses under the weight of its clever twists."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"Even if you can summon some admiration for Nobel Son's editing or snippets of clever dialogue, the movie is so relentlessly self-congratulatory, you can't help becoming thoroughly sick of it."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Smug and glib and generally apathetic as to who gets what in the end, so long as it seems clever at the time."
‑ William Goss, Cinematical
"You want to see how it plays out, but it's just frustrating to wade through all the "style" to get there."
‑ Fred Topel, Can Magazine
"The screenplay starts out clever enough, but devolves into a ridiculous mishmash of incoherent subplots."
‑ Jeanne Kaplan, Kaplan vs. Kaplan
"The plot twists are mostly predicated on the characters' improbably shifting loyalties, the sort of thing you can get away with only when the people in your movie are drained of all compassion."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Only when Nobel Son stops trying so hard does it have any appeal at all."
‑ Joe Leydon, Houston Chronicle
"Rickman's a professorial womanizer who's not above turning a "C" student's grade to "A" if she looks like City Hall (Eliza Dushku) and puts out."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"Its 110 minutes are a totally disposable piece of fluff, but perhaps more importantly, also a whole lot of fun."
‑ Sean Gandert, Paste Magazine
"Director Miller employs high-octane music and the technique of high speed filming for certain sequences, which I suppose is a blessing since they shorten the running time."
‑ David Kaplan, Kaplan vs. Kaplan
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