Rocket Science Synopsis
A teenager (Reece Daniel Thompson) with a stuttering problem wants to join his high-school debate team.
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Teenage angst and adolescent agony are the stuff of sharp, observant comedy this quirky, wonderfully dry first fiction feature from...
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88

Premiere

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As fate would have it, Rocket Science might prove to be the handiwork of a burgeoning cinematic genius.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
I suspect a lot of high school students will recognize elements of real life in the movie, and that the movie will build a following. It...
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
When it's not opting for whimsy, Rocket Science makes you cringe, which is what's good about it.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Blitz captures the melancholy, the rage, the wackiness and drama of adolescence, and he gets winning performances out of his young stars.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
A quirky comedy-drama that gets the bulk of its humor from the well-placed non sequitur. It never seems to be going where you think it is,...
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It is smart, witty and blessedly unpredictable.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Rocket Science has the makings of either a tragedy or a crowd-pleasing underdog story, but writer-director Jeffrey Blitz instead takes the...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

Catapulted by an endearing lead performance by Reece Daniel Thompson as a stuttering high-school student, Rocket Science transcends the...
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
One of those terminally annoying, depressive-yet-coy Sundance faves in which the tale of a mopey teen misfit unfolds behind a hard candy...
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Amazing Film

By moimadkel
I saw this film at The Sundance Film Festival. It is so charming, i have no bad remarks for this film. I say Rocket Science is a "MUST GO!" Run to see this, not walk....

Fantastic!!!!!!!

By mercato
(i'm speechless) and going back with all my friends...

Offbeat film worth seeing

By sigmurph
Didn't change my life, but it kept me engaged the whole time I was watching, and I never knew what would happen next. Very engaging group of characters, even those with very little screen time....

Rocket Science

By lovesthemovies
This is a small, quirky and fun movie. Keep your expectations in check (this is not a blockbuster) and enjoy the story as it unfolds. Great acting performances....

Rocket Science -- A Good 1 hr. 38 mIn. -- and Probably Worth a Second Viewing

By Yankeedoodleboy
An interesting quirky film with some great characters -- some all too real high school moments -- and some very funny scenes. Well written, well-acted, well-directed. This is not the standard "kid...

it had me at "general fish"

By hahasob
simply put, i just really loved it. i know it wasn't perfect but it's definitely worth seeing....

Quirk

By ShogunTee
Rocket Science is the embodiment of all that has gone wrong with certain indie films lately. They try so hard to be quirky that they simply forget about cohesive story. Rocket Science was lacking in...

ROCKET SCIENCE

By curlyhead39
OUTSTANDING!!!! GREAT MOVIE FOR TODAY'S TEENS. I HIGHLY RECCOMEND SEEING THIS MOVIES. I ESPECIALLY LIKED THE OLDER BROTHER EARL. FUNNY, ENTERTAINING AND ENGROSSING!!!!!!...

Mildly Interesting

By Savagemalloy
The highlight of the movie was his mom's lover. Some of the best portrayal of that most painful first breakup, for sure!...

Awesome

By matrices
absolutely fantastic...

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Rated R | For some language and sexual material
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 15+ Debate-team teen comedy is clever, unpredictable.
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