Red Rocket

critic Reviews

, 85% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Led by Simon Rex's magnetic performance, Red Rocket is another vibrant, ground-level look at modern American life from director/co-writer Sean Baker.
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    Dwight BrownNational Newspaper Publishers Association
    Once the ensemble, place and time are set the script, direction and Mikey lead nowhere.
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    Siddhant AdlakhaObserver
    Bolstered by a hilarious, self-reflexive performance by Simon Rex of Scary Movie fame, who plays a manipulative, washed-up porn star trying to get his life together and failing to get out of his own way.
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    Leah GreenblattEntertainment Weekly
    The director's singular gift for street casting - beyond Rex, hardly anyone here has acted professionally - and deeply embedded sense of mood works its own kind of unhurried alchemy.
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    Tomris LafflyRogerEbert.com
    Freewheeling and kissed by the magic hour light like Baker's previous movies, Red Rocket is among the filmmaker's best works.
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    Tim GriersonScreen International
    Building off the scrappy beauty of "Tangerine" and "The Florida Project," director Sean Baker again trains his sights on a vivid milieu and a fascinatingly singular character.
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    Todd McCarthyDeadline Hollywood Daily
    Red Rocket feels hand-tooled, made from the ground up, enterprisingly cast and untampered with by executives or marketing types. It feels as creatively pure as a novel by a kid just out of college. May it stay that way for Baker as long as he wants it to.
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    Michael T. StackTV Fanatic
    Red Rocket shines when it's at its most vulnerable and heartbreaking. The comedy may be fantastic, but the drama hits it out of the park every time.
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    Jonah KoslofskyThe Spool
    [Sean] Baker's gaze at his protagonist is nearly as sharp as his eye for strong compositions.
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    Jon NegroniCinemaholics
    Many films have been made about the last 5 years of American politics, but Red Rocket could very well be the first great one.
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    Peter GrayThe AU Review
    Flits between its humorously dark groundings and a rather horrifically subtle commentary on the ease of grooming in the sex industry.
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