Son of Rambow
Son of Rambow (2007)

It all begins in 1980s Britain, when young Will Proudfoot, raised in isolation among The Brethren, a puritanical religious sect in which music and TV are strictly forbidden, encounters something beyond his wildest fantasies: a pirated copy… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: January 22, 2007
DVD Release Date: August 26, 2008
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Undeniable heart and charming young leads save the film's nostalgic storyline from suffering at the hands predictability.

Jonathan F. Richards

Jennings is clearly having a wonderful time recreating the fantasies of his youth, but sometimes his perspective get a little too inbred, and the picture suffers for it.

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Joe Leydon
Houston Chronicle

Son of Rambow is an inventive and amusing coming-of-age movie that deftly entwines elements of farce and fantasy, rebelliousness and sentiment, while paying seriously funny tribute to the transcendent power of art.

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Rob Nelson
Boston Phoenix

Funnier than anything in this vaguely dark comedy is the thought of [Sly] Stallone sitting through it.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

We cringe and laugh at -- and are ultimately moved by -- their clumsiness and innocence. And it endears us to the Rambo films in ways we never could have anticipated.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

These two boys have, along with writer-director Garth Jennings, turned a coming-of-age story into a treatise on both the fragility of artistic vision and the danger of popular opinion.

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Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

Crammed tight with every kid-pic cliche you can imagine.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

With apologies to Mr. Stallone, no one would ever argue First Blood was an essential part of any healthy childhood. But the ability to make-believe certainly is.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

After the movie, I imagined its writer-director, Garth Jennings (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) being more than a little like Will, and the movie uncannily similar to one of Will's comic epics.

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David Stratton
The Australian

It's a fun idea, but quite awkwardly staged and, in the end, not particularly engaging.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Son of Rambow is one of those rare movies that are purely enjoyable due to the fact that it relies on such simple ideas to create its effective, memorable and… More
Thomas Johnston
The movie only misses on a couple target but sure gets points for being fun. It of course gets sappy, but it is tolerable.
Manu Gino
Make Believe. Not War. Great movie!!! The Son of Rambow is more than the sum of its parts, its about that old aged fable shown in many kids films, but in a… More
Ken Stachnik
A super adorable and beautifully shot film about film making featuring schenanigins and wacky hi-jinks.
Jens S.
This charming British comedy tells the story of a religious boy befriending the school bully, who's shooting a film for a competition. After accidentally… More
Michael S
Short and sweet, with a lot of heart and a lot of laughs. SON OF RAMBOW is a robust film; can't think of another film that would have the ability to tackle… More

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