Rumble Fish
Rumble Fish (1983)

Adapted from a novel by S. E. Hinton, this film takes place during a summer vacation. Mickey Rourke plays a former teen-aged tough who is idolized by his younger brother Matt Dillon. While Mickey would like to leave his wild days behind,… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 7, 1983
DVD Release Date: September 8, 1998
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

If Rumble Fish fails as a traditional movie about real people, it is beguiling as an exercise in hallucinatory style.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This is a movie you are likely to hate, unless you can love it for its crazy, feverish charm.

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Cole Smithey

(PODCAST) Although too stagy to stand the test of time, "Rumble Fish" retains the charm of its impossibly young cast that includes Diane Lane and Mickey Rourke.

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Variety Staff

Overwrought and overthought.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

A number of the images in Rumble Fish are more memorable than the film is as a whole, sometimes for the wrong reasons.

Eric Melin

The chiaroscuro lighting and shadows are admittedly handsome, but there just isn't enough to keep Rumble Fish afloat in the story department. There's a lot of talking and existential ruminating, but very little forward movement.

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Time Out

Coppola's recent viewing seems to have been German silent films of the '20s, so he has decided to coat the whole enterprise in a startling Expressionist style, which is very arresting but hardly appropriate to the matter in hand.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The action is clotted and murky, and Coppola obviously hasn't bothered to clarify it for the members of his cast, who wander through the film with expressions of winsome, honest befuddlement.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

as intriguing and compelling as it is frustrating

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