Rush (1999)

Based on a gritty, semi-autobiographical novel by author Kim Wozencraft, this crime thriller was adapted for the screen by noir novelist Pete Dexter and marked the directorial debut of producer Lili Fini Zanuck. Jennifer Jason Leigh stars… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1999
DVD Release Date: December 3, 2002
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Head-swiveling directorial debut of Lili Fini Zanuck lays out a tough masculine scenario [based on Kim Wozencraft's book] in a way that is always emotionally riveting.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mr. Patric and Ms. Leigh are able to make Jim and Kristen as grimly memorable as the drug culture that threatens to engulf them both.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Though well-acted, well-written and well-directed, it's still an unpleasant watch that never gets beyond being routine.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Leigh is effective as always, but has little to chew on; Patric has even less.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Despite the false notes and grinding bleakness, the film's insider savvy makes for pungent drama.


Neither glamorising nor moralising, Rush deserves plaudits for its gritty, no-holds-barred take on drugs. The intelligent performances are the icing on the cake.

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Time Out

Zanuck's debut feature fails to keep its dramatic sightlines clear.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie depends on two strong performances for its effects, and gets them from Jason Patric and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

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Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

To be really powerful or tragic they need to be a lot less hackneyed and directed with more inspiration than this merely adequate effort.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Eric S
I liked this film when it came out in '91, and it holds up. Jason Patric and Jennifer Jason Leigh star in this tale of two undercover cops(narcotics… More
Fascade Fiveoneeight
Critically insane story of an Texas undercover narcotics police sergeant Jim Raynor (Jason Patric) that recruits a fresh young police rookie Kristen Cates… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Rush" takes place in 1975. Vice cop, Jim Raynor(Jason Patric), recruits rookie policewoman, Kristen Cates(Jennifer Jason Leigh,… More
Deb S
RUSH is a film about two undercover narcotics investigators (Jason Patric and Jennifer Jason Leigh) who cross the line and becomes enmeshed in the dangerous but… More
Jeffrey Meyers
A truly excellent, authentic, engrossing, and relentlessly dark depiction of drugs and the criminal justice system. There are no true "good guys" to… More
Whilst there are many problems with this film, (like the leads being badly underwritten), it's the strength of the two lead performances that make the… More