Bottle Rocket
Bottle Rocket (1996)

A bright, optimistic caper comedy from first-time director Wes Anderson, Bottle Rocket focuses on a group of young Texans aspiring to become master thieves. Their leader is Dignan (Owen C. Wilson, who also co-wrote the screenplay), an… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: February 23, 1996
DVD Release Date: December 22, 1998
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bottle Rocket is Reservoir Dogs meets Breathless with a West Texas sensibility.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

A confident, eccentric debut about a trio of shambling and guileless friends who become the Candides of crime, Rocket feels particularly refreshing because it never compromises on its delicate deadpan sensibility.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

This is a movie about friendship, about foolhardy endeavors that get your adrenaline going and make you feel life buzzing in your toes. Written with wit and concision and remarkable confidence, Bottle Rocket is a joyride worth taking.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)

It's only in the finale of Bottle Rocket, brimming over with poignant male self-delusion, that the flair and sizzle of Anderson's future promise returns.

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Bruce Diones
New Yorker

[Bottle Rocket] meanders pleasantly, like a road movie, with a seventies-style, anything-goes offhandedness that whisks the audience through the rough spots.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Bottle Rocket is a beguiling surprise, a terrific little movie comedy about a slightly addled gang of young criminal wannabes.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

This deliciously offbeat comedy gets much of its oomph from a loopy screenplay and lead performances that can only be called hilariously bland, or is it blandly hilarious?

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David Hinckley
New York Daily News

Bottle Rocket was conceived as a low-budget family affair -- it has more Wilsons than the Beach Boys -- and outside of a few cult-intensive pockets of fandom, that's where it's likely to end up.

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Doug Thomas
Seattle Times

With a wild-card character like Dignan, he could be either the most original character in many a moon -- or never convincing. Wilson, with his cockeyed grin and rapid-fire delivery, comes off as a young Dennis Hopper.

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Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

Like the cheap pyrotechnic of the title, Bottle Rocket neither goes very far nor ends with a bang, and that's part of its charm, originality and delight.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Before Wes Anderson would cement his reputation as a unique director with such films as Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom, he would direct… More
Matthew Slaven
All of the signatures of a Wes Anderson production are present in his premier feature except a clear narrative vision. The movie's pacing felt too flat and… More
Sam Barnett
Containing that classic Wed Anderson characterization while failing to maintain his best movies' zippy momentum, Bottle Rocket is a decently funny but… More
Kevin M. Williams
Lackluster effort about slackers sure of their societal imprisonment but unable, incapable, to break free, to truly live their criminal dreams which might… More
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Melvin White
Dignan: On the run from Johnny Law... ain't no trip to Cleveland.  "They're not really criminals, but everybody has to have a dream."… More