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"Rushmore" chronicles a year in the life of Max Fischer, a student at Rushmore Academy, one of the finest schools in the country. Max loves his prestigious school. He is the editor of the newspaper and yearbook; founder of the debate team, the dodgeball society, and the Max Fischer Players; and president of the French club, German club, chess club, and practically everything else. Max is applying for early admission to Oxford. Harvard is his safety. However, he is also one of the worst students in the school. Threatened with expulsion, Max begins a new pursuit: falling for a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"Schwartzman is cautious but stubbornly optimistic, while Murray is possessed by the mania of near-despair... They make the best and most disconcerting odd couple that American movies have produced in a long while."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"There's an unshakable confidence about this coming-of-age fable that matches that of its central character, Max Fischer."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Rushmore offers more than simply a series of high-grade yuks; it's a finely-judged parable on the line between self-delusion and reality."
‑ Andrew Pulver, Guardian
"A gloriously inventive little comedy about the scholastic and romantic woes of a 15-year-old student at a private academy."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"Bill Murray -- playing a depressed millionaire -- steals every scene in this quirky, edgy and very funny tale of an outsider who just might end up leading all those who laugh at him."
‑ Joanna Berry, Radio Times
"Rushmore is an almost indefinable genre of its own. A comedy with a menacing edge? An ironic romance? Hard to call. Anderson, the director and co-writer, and Wilson, co-writer, have a vision like no one else's."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"If happiness is finding something you love to do and doing it forever, one of my somethings might just be watching this oddly uproarious little flick."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Anderson fulfills the promise of his inventive Bottle Rocket with this quirky, often hilarious comedy, and Murray gives his most uproarious performance since the groundbreaking Groundhog Day."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Just when you expect the film to do something normal, it takes off like Murray -- riffing on reality as only he, and filmmaker Anderson, can."
‑ Dan Webster, Spokesman-Review (Washington)
"Rushmore is accurate enough on the teen-angst front to make you wince, yet whimsical enough to make you want Max to win."
‑ , Total Film
"A quirky, sometimes hilarious and often touching comic fable."
‑ Jonathan Foreman, New York Post
"There's a danger of overselling Anderson's sweet-hearted, loony little fantasy, but everything -- from the soundtrack of '60s Brit bands with their jangly anthems of angsty love to Robert Yeoman's slightly hyper-real photography -- fits perfectly."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Despite cute moments, nothing about Rushmore begs to be liked, which makes this modest comedy all the more satisfying."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Baltimore Sun
"It's somehow fitting that in this Maxcentric universe, Rushmore exists as a satirical comedy, full of dry wit and adolescent absurdities, and a bittersweet valentine to manipulative misfits who actually find the love they deserve."
‑ Serena Donadoni, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Bill Murray projects a seriocomic intensity here comparable to Charlie Chaplin's classic Little Tramp."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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