• C. Thiel

    ★★★★ Rewatched by C. Thiel 24 Mar, 2015

    "On the run from Johnny Law. Ain't no trip to Cleveland!"

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  • Aidan Seidman

    ★★★½ Watched by Aidan Seidman 18 Mar, 2015

    Wes Anderson's first full length film might be one of his best. It's one of his only movies firmly cemented in real life but still at the same time it has that trademarked Anderson wit and spunkiness. Not much to say about a film so solid and so fun to watch. I would strongly recommend this one to anyone who enjoys Wes Anderson's work or is looking for a (I hate this word) quirky fun film.

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  • Herrvonspeck

    ★★★½ Watched by Herrvonspeck 20 Mar, 2015

    Bottle Rocket is what would have happened if Wes Anderson would have made a movie in the 90s. Wait… that is exactly what happened! This movie has the typical Wes Anderson characters and a promising setup but lacks much of later-Wes Anderson's visual style.

    The beginning is great, the middle part is pretty boring and the ending is hilarious.

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  • Catty_Mills

    ★★★½ Watched by Catty_Mills 10 Mar, 2015

    I don't think Wes Anderson's feature debut is that well directed, but enough of his style here is present—even if at this point it's in its infancy and its expression through costuming, plot details, dialogue, and performance style far outstrips what he can communicate with a camera—that it's engaging. There's a brilliant camaraderie among the actors and the film probes reals emotions: humor, melancholy, and unattainable romance. Just like it doesn't quite reach all those feelings, the film doesn't quite reach greatness, but it gets admirably close for a first try.

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  • John Sant

    ★★★ Watched by John Sant 18 Mar, 2015

    18 March 2015 ★★★☆☆

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  • Bludgeoner86

    ★★★★ Watched by Bludgeoner86 15 Mar, 2015

    Possibly the oddest heist movie you'll ever see. Dignan (Owen Wilson) and his buddy Anthony (Luke Wilson) "escape" a voluntary mental hospital to begin a new life of crime. Dignan has everything worked out and they just have to pull a couple of robberies to get the attention of Mr. Henry (James Caan) a Landscaper who's also the head of a gang (at least Dignan thinks so). As you would imagine not everything goes as planned but it doesn't go…

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  • mrza

    ★★★ Rewatched by mrza 14 Mar, 2015

    heh oh yeah I love bottle rocket heha yep good stuff
    *sprints the fuck out of the arts and humanities building*

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  • Greg Harrington

    ★★½ Watched by Greg Harrington 13 Mar, 2015 3

    Bottle Rocket isn't a particularly complex film, and it wasn't exactly engaging. Parts about it were interesting, most notably when wondering what sort of heist these characters could possibly execute, but it wasn't really that exciting otherwise. The humor isn't outrageously funny, the characters are quirky but not always enjoyable. It doesn't present anything unique or noteworthy visually or conceptually, which makes it somewhat forgettable.

    I think my biggest issue with Bottle Rocket is that I'm not a huge fan…

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  • wgkleberg

    ★★★★ Watched by wgkleberg 12 Mar, 2015

    Very fun and impressive debut film from Wes Anderson. The Wilson brothers relationship, and their botched robberies, were particularly fun to watch. The moments at the motel with Inez were surprisingly sweet too. The film isn't quite as moving or funny as his later work, but it's still a solid addition to his stellar filmography. And it's also fun to see Anderson work with a limited budget. Lastly, it's also impressive how well redefined Anderson's directing aesthetic was by the time of his debut film.

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  • matt lynch

    ★★★★ Rewatched by matt lynch 12 Mar, 2015 1

    "I'm fuckin' innocent."

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  • Brian McLain

    ★★★ Rewatched by Brian McLain 10 Mar, 2015

    It's fun to go back and watch early films of accomplished directors. In this case, you really get a sense of the growth of Wes Anderson's skill. He's, perhaps, one of the few directors that, in my opinion, has a steadily upward trajectory. Bottle Rocket's not bad at all, but it's a far cry from The Grand Budapest Hotel. Not only has Anderson gotten markedly better with his camera, but he's much funnier now as well. Bottle Rocket is more amusing than hilarious, but it has it's moments. Dignon really is a character for the ages and Owen Wilson nails the role.

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  • Xplodera

    ★★★½ Watched by Xplodera 10 Mar, 2015

    “He stole his car!”

    Before Wes Anderson made quirky, hilarious, touching and unique movies with visual brilliance such as The Royal Tenenbaums or The Grand Budapest Hotel he made pretty quirky, sometimes hilarious, semi-touching, somewhat unique movies with hints of visual brilliance such as Bottle Rocket. While this film about a group of low-life criminal friends attempting a big hit doesn’t really reach the heights Wes would enjoy later in his career – it’s still a very good start for…

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