Son of Rambow
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As the summer sun shines down on England in the early 1980s, two boys who couldn't be more different are brought together by a mutual love of cinema and a desire to emulate their favorite action movie icon. Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner) is a well-mannered schoolboy being raised in an ultra-religious community that deplores such corruptive distractions as television and seeks to maintain its purity by severely limiting contact with the outside world. In order to exorcise his creative inner demons, Will has taken to sketching imaginative drawings and complex illustrations. Lee Carter (Will… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Jennings is clearly having a wonderful time recreating the fantasies of his youth, but sometimes his perspective get a little too inbred, and the picture suffers for it."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"Son of Rambow is an inventive and amusing coming-of-age movie that deftly entwines elements of farce and fantasy, rebelliousness and sentiment, while paying seriously funny tribute to the transcendent power of art."
‑ Joe Leydon, Houston Chronicle
"Funnier than anything in this vaguely dark comedy is the thought of [Sly] Stallone sitting through it."
‑ Rob Nelson, Boston Phoenix
"A feel-good family flick that doesn't pander to the younger members of the equation."
‑ Heather Huntington,
"Though the film is primarily designed to appeal to viewers in the early-teen demographic, a maturity and intelligence is at work here that will connect with many adults also."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
"We cringe and laugh at -- and are ultimately moved by -- their clumsiness and innocence. And it endears us to the Rambo films in ways we never could have anticipated."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"These two boys have, along with writer-director Garth Jennings, turned a coming-of-age story into a treatise on both the fragility of artistic vision and the danger of popular opinion."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Crammed tight with every kid-pic cliche you can imagine."
‑ Bryant Frazer, Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
"This is a winner, a film to which you can safely take your kids and enjoy yourself."
‑ Julie Rigg, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"The script is not so much written as assembled, anecdote by anecdote. As a result, you never quite settle in."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
"With apologies to Mr. Stallone, no one would ever argue First Blood was an essential part of any healthy childhood. But the ability to make-believe certainly is."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"After the movie, I imagined its writer-director, Garth Jennings (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) being more than a little like Will, and the movie uncannily similar to one of Will's comic epics."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's a fun idea, but quite awkwardly staged and, in the end, not particularly engaging."
‑ David Stratton, The Australian
"Waffles between heart-on-its-sleeve candor and winking self-awareness."
‑ Brian Duff, FILMINK (Australia)
"It's a mildly startling choice of subject matter, but Jennings takes for granted that even the most innocent cineastes have their sadistic side."
‑ Jake Wilson, The Age (Australia)
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