100

TV Guide

Deliriously expressionistic visually and aurally.
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
The most amazing thing about this amazing movie may be that in the end it communicates the large uncertainties and small hopes of a twisted, inarticulate adolescent boy perfectly, and wordlessly. [14 Oct 1983]
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
I thought Rumble Fish was offbeat, daring, and utterly original.
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75

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
A triumph of romantic impulse over stylistic indulgence. [21 Oct 1983]
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60

The New York Times

By Janet Maslin
The stunning black-and-white cinematography in Francis Coppola's Rumble Fish functions rather like a cold compress, subduing a film that is otherwise all feverish extremes.
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60

Time

By Richard Corliss
Rumble Fish is the messiest, most provocative inkblot of the year.
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60

Variety

Rumble Fish is another Francis Coppola picture that's overwrought and overthought with camera and characters that never quite come together in anything beyond consistently interesting.
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30

Chicago Reader

By Dave Kehr
The action is clotted and murky, and Coppola obviously hasn't bothered to clarify it for the members of his cast, who wander through the film with expressions of winsome, honest befuddlement.
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63 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.