Rules Don't Apply
Rules Don't Apply (2016)

An aspiring young actress (Lily Collins) and her ambitious young driver (Alden Ehrenreich) struggle hopefully with the absurd eccentricities of the wildly unpredictable billionaire Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty) for whom they work. It's… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 23, 2016
DVD Release Date: February 28, 2017
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With Rules Don't Apply, Warren Beatty takes an overall affable -- but undeniably slight -- look at a corner of old Hollywood under Howard Hughes' distinctive shadow.

Julie Hinds
Detroit Free Press

If Rules Don't Apply is merely a nostalgic love letter to Beatty's early days as an actor in the years before 1961's Splendor in the Grass made him an international sex symbol, that's enough. Give it a whirl. You'll be time traveling with one of the best.

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Stephanie Zacharek
TIME Magazine

This is a picture Beatty has wanted to make for years, and if the movie isn't the achievement it should be, it's at least entertaining in fits and starts.

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CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)

Given his famously protracted deliberations, it is almost certainly the last film we will ever get from Beatty the auteur. It's a nice, warm, genial and embraceable farewell.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Beatty's vision of showbiz corruption is hardly novel, but as a writer and actor, he's created the most wistful and complex portrait of Hughes I've ever seen.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

[It's] a rousing entertainment with eye candy in abundance. Rules Don't Apply is witty and weird by turns.

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Lee Jutton
Film Inquiry

If Rules Don't Apply had focused on just one of its two main storylines, it could have been solid. Instead, it's uneven, lurching between utterly charming and honestly boring.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Warren Beatty plays Howard Hughes with seductive charm, sneaky intelligence and buggy eccentricity. Sadly, Beatty as writer and director has chosen to make Hughes a supporting role, teasing a much deeper portrait..

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

The central problem with "Rules Don't Apply," unfortunately, is the central romance. The characters don't appeal - the starlet has no particular spark, while the driver is a pushy go-getter.

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Wenlei Ma

Beatty has made a beautiful-to-look-at film making full cinematic use of its glamorous period setting. But despite having all the ingredients for a charming movie, like Howard Hughes, Rules Don't Apply's soul remains elusive.

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Flixster Audience Score: 34% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
At the core of this slice of late 50's, early 60's Hollywood is, tah-dah, (of course) a love story. Unfortunately both of our young lovers come off as… More
Jacob Smith
Rules Don't Apply is a film that fails on just about every conceivable level. The only good thing I can say about it is, that it's probably one of… More
Alec Barniskis
More humorous than I expected. It's kind of a mess, but I still admire Beatty's bizarre vision.