The Rocketeer
The Rocketeer (1991)

After getting his start as a visual effects artist on the original Star Wars trilogy, Spielberg protege Joe Johnston found success as a director with his debut film, the blockbuster family adventure Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. For his… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 21, 1991
DVD Release Date: July 17, 2001
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An action-packed, if anachronistic, look back at pulp matinee serials, The Rocketeer may ring hollow with viewers expecting more than simple fun and gee-whiz special effects.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

A piece of blandly enthusiastic, B-movie pulp.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Neat idea, peachy visuals, but there ain't much else to grip the imagination.

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Jason Bailey

In the quarter-century since its release, as the superhero blockbuster has become a cornerstone of mainstream moviemaking, it's become clear that 'The Rocketeer' is a model of the form - breathless, energetic, and endlessly entertaining.

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This $40 million adventure fantasy puts a shiny polish on familiar elements: airborne hero, damsel in distress, Nazi villains, 1930s Hollywood glamor, and dazzling special effects.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Plenty of energy has gone into making this a bustling, visually clever film with an amusing late-1930's stylishness, but the purpose of such effort is uncertain.

R. L. Shaffer

A charming adventure tale, in the spirit of 1930's serials, The Rocketeer is a fun ride.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The whole thing is good-natured enough, but increasingly mechanical.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The film is awash in all kinds of surprises that are too juicy to reveal.

James Plath
Movie Metropolis

One of Disney's most underrated films, and I can't for the life of me figure out why, unless it's the absence of a big-name star.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
Being released in 1991, there was not much competition for super-heroic-esque films, and for that, I must say that "The Rocketeer" does what it sets… More
Spencer S.
There's definitely something magical about this graphic novel adaptation from Disney. The setting and premise alone can make anyone curious about the… More
Phil Hubbs
Its a real shame this film bombed so much at the box office, I really can't understand why it did so badly as its one of the best comicbook adaptations… More
Lewis C.
"It wasn't lies, Jenny. It was acting." The Rocketeer, seen in 2012, is understandably a little cheesy and a little old-fashioned. But, in a… More
Conner Rainwater
I can't help but love this movie. It's pure fun and a classic action/adventure movie. Anyone who enjoys Indiana Jones will undoubtedly enjoy this as… More
Chris Weber
Our story takes place in Hollywood in 1938 and concerns a test pilot named Cliff who stumbles upon a rocket powered jetpack designed by Howard Hughes that is… More