The Rocketeer
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After getting his start as a visual effects artist on the original Star Wars trilogy, Spielberg protege Joe Johnston found success as a director with his debut film, the blockbuster family adventure Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. For his sophomore outing, Johnston helmed this action-adventurer, set in 1930s Hollywood and in the spirit of old pulp comics and adventure serials, and co-adapted from the David Stevens graphic novel by Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo. Bill Campbell stars as Cliff Secord, an eager young pilot who finds himself in possession of a secret jet-pack that gives him the ability to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

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"A piece of blandly enthusiastic, B-movie pulp."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Neat idea, peachy visuals, but there ain't much else to grip the imagination."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A charming adventure tale, in the spirit of 1930's serials, The Rocketeer is a fun ride."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"While The Rocketeer never crashes, it's a bumpy ride of cartoonish characters, a flimsy plot and an overall sense of letdown."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Almost never takes thrilling flight."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"This $40 million adventure fantasy puts a shiny polish on familiar elements: airborne hero, damsel in distress, Nazi villains, 1930s Hollywood glamor, and dazzling special effects."
‑ , Variety
"Plenty of energy has gone into making this a bustling, visually clever film with an amusing late-1930's stylishness, but the purpose of such effort is uncertain."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"One of Disney's most underrated films, and I can't for the life of me figure out why, unless it's the absence of a big-name star."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"It's not as dark or as edgy as Tim Burton's Batman films, but it's still cleaner and more digestible. It's not a deep story, but it's full of fun nostalgia and action."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"More Deco-era style than substance -- but fun."
‑ Ellen MacKay, Common Sense Media
"The whole thing is good-natured enough, but increasingly mechanical."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The film is awash in all kinds of surprises that are too juicy to reveal."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A charmer in its gee-whiz, irony-light resuscitation of the movie serials of the '30s. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"A beautifully directed, high-flyin' production, teeming with all sorts of classic Hollywood encounters and bizarre comic book touches...Connelly is mesmerizing -- a stupendous act of casting that elevates the room temperature of the picture."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Energetic, but the script is routine."
‑ , Film4
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