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Jeffrey Blitz's seriocomedy Rocket Science proves that many a handicap can be overcome, no matter how daunting the obstacle at hand may initially seem. Newcomer Reece Thompson plays Hal Hefner, a 15-year-old high-school student with a minor yet socially alienating (and painful) disability: he stutters uncontrollably. Determined to work through the problem, Hal opts for an extreme route -- he joins the school debating team, which sends him on a headfirst plunge into breakneck speech competitions -- and offers a much-needed boost toward correcting the problem. Blitz, like his onscreen alter… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Writer-director Jeffrey Blitz brings wit and pathos to the story of a compulsive stutterer."
‑ Jen Chaney, Washington Post
"The most complicated and original teenage characters we've seen in a movie in a very long time."
‑ , Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
"Well worth the wait, Rocket Science is a winning coming of age comedy with a difference."
‑ Ben McEachen, Empire Magazine Australasia
"Each character has his or her own lovable peculiarity--from the friend's parents who play Violent Femmes duets on the cello to the speech therapist who gives too many details about his personal life--small details that don't threaten to overshadow Hal's s"
‑ Heather Huntington,
"Rocket Science is a story smothered by its own eccentricities."
‑ David Cornelius,
"There's a lovely, fragile movie here; if only Blitz had had the faith to let it stand on its own two feet."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"The merits of Rocket Science are endlessly debatable, and this is nothing to sneeze at."
‑ Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"It's intelligent, it doesn't go for the emotional jugular, it has an honesty about it that's refreshing."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"This indie-minded effort suggests a filmmaker too enamored by his influences and struggling to establish a cogent vision of his own."
‑ Tim Grierson, Screendaily
"Rocket Science brings the squirm-inducing comedy genre to new heights"
‑ Christian Toto, Washington Times
"Blitz continues to make a case for himself as a filmmaker with rich, realistic stories to tell."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"Quietly written and convincingly played, this coming-of-age story mines its rueful laughs from a thick vein of performance anxiety, in both senses of the term."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Here's a twist -- an American high-school movie that has a brain."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
"Please, enough with Napoleon Dynamite Syndrome already."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"...eventually comes off as an engaging and surprisingly affecting little drama..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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