Rushmore (1998)

"Rushmore" chronicles a year in the life of Max Fischer, a student at Rushmore Academy, one of the finest schools in the country. Max loves his prestigious school. He is the editor of the newspaper and yearbook; founder of the… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: September 17, 1998
DVD Release Date: June 29, 1999
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This cult favorite is a quirky coming of age story, with fine, off-kilter performances from Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray.

Anthony Lane
New Yorker

Schwartzman is cautious but stubbornly optimistic, while Murray is possessed by the mania of near-despair... They make the best and most disconcerting odd couple that American movies have produced in a long while.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

There's an unshakable confidence about this coming-of-age fable that matches that of its central character, Max Fischer.

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Andrew Pulver

Rushmore offers more than simply a series of high-grade yuks; it's a finely-judged parable on the line between self-delusion and reality.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Rushmore is an almost indefinable genre of its own. A comedy with a menacing edge? An ironic romance? Hard to call. Anderson, the director and co-writer, and Wilson, co-writer, have a vision like no one else's.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

If happiness is finding something you love to do and doing it forever, one of my somethings might just be watching this oddly uproarious little flick.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Anderson fulfills the promise of his inventive Bottle Rocket with this quirky, often hilarious comedy, and Murray gives his most uproarious performance since the groundbreaking Groundhog Day.

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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post

A quirky, sometimes hilarious and often touching comic fable.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

There's a danger of overselling Anderson's sweet-hearted, loony little fantasy, but everything -- from the soundtrack of '60s Brit bands with their jangly anthems of angsty love to Robert Yeoman's slightly hyper-real photography -- fits perfectly.

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Ann Hornaday
Baltimore Sun

Despite cute moments, nothing about Rushmore begs to be liked, which makes this modest comedy all the more satisfying.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
An adorable and refreshing comedy that works so well due to Jason Schwartzman's and Bill Murray's captivating performances, and it is very well… More
Sanjay Rema
This is an off-kilter, but good movie. The unique screenplay's quirky/fast-paced humor, along with Murray and Schwartzman's performance, really… More
Kase Vollebregt
Looking back, Wes Anderson's 'Rushmore' is full of some kind of youthful exuberance that is lost in his later films. It's not as tightly… More
Jens S.
Director Wes Anderson suddenly appeared on the map with this absurd, quirky and unusual story of an eccentric teenager who finds himself in love with a teacher… More
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danny d
this is the sort of film that i grow fonder of over time. its the little nuances that do it for me, things you dont notice the first time around but are quirky… More