Nobel Son
Nobel Son (2008)

A young man's moment of triumph is spoiled when he gets kidnapped before he can impress his father in this black comedy. Eli Michaelson (Alan Rickman), a well-respected scientist, has learned that he's won the Nobel Prize in… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 5, 2008
DVD Release Date: March 10, 2009
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Critic Score: 25% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite the best efforts of a strong cast, Nobel Son is over-plotted and self-consciously odd.

Ben Lyons
At the Movies

Is it a thriller? Is it a heist movie? Is it a comedy?

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Tom Long
Detroit News

It's one of those films stuffed with odd characters in overblown situations. Unfortunately, you don't care about any of them.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

The writing is hopelessly obtuse, and it seems that the writer was just trying to pull a fast one on the audience.

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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

I had high hopes for Nobel Son at the halfway point, but it ultimately really completely collapses under the weight of its clever twists.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Even if you can summon some admiration for Nobel Son's editing or snippets of clever dialogue, the movie is so relentlessly self-congratulatory, you can't help becoming thoroughly sick of it.

William Goss

Smug and glib and generally apathetic as to who gets what in the end, so long as it seems clever at the time.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The plot twists are mostly predicated on the characters' improbably shifting loyalties, the sort of thing you can get away with only when the people in your movie are drained of all compassion.

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Joe Leydon
Houston Chronicle

Only when Nobel Son stops trying so hard does it have any appeal at all.

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Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

Rickman's a professorial womanizer who's not above turning a "C" student's grade to "A" if she looks like City Hall (Eliza Dushku) and puts out.

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Nobel Son is a well thought black comedy with a great cast and directing. I really enjoyed the film because it offers up a good idea for a movie, and with a… More
Cast: Alan Rickman, Bryan Greenberg, Shawn Hatosy, Mary Steenburgen, Bill Pullman, Eliza Dushku, Danny DeVito, Ted Danson, Ernie Hudson, Tracey Walter, Lindy… More
Film Crazy
This movie, gets three stars purely for Rickman as he is awesome! Like everything that Alan Rickman is in he also proves to be a phenomenal actor even if the… More
paul sandberg
This film is fresh only because of Alan Rickman's wonderful turn as the self absorbed Nobel Laureate; otherwise it's too tricky by half and too… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"There is more barbarity in eating a man alive than in eating him dead."</i> Barkley Michaelson is in a deep life rut. He's… More
Chris Garman
There's nothing like a movie where Alan Rickman plays a total dick. He's a genius at it. No one comes close to what I refer to as "Rickman… More