A mildly facetious tone limits Anderson's film to the lightweight, but the collective enthusiasm behind this debut effort still comes through.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
A little deal, this movie is like a bottle rocket itself: a big bang for the money.
Mike Clark - USA Today
A hilarious, inventive and goofy breath of fresh air.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Gets by on quirky charm and slacker chic -- but just barely.
Rita Kempley - Washington Post
I can't recommend the film -- it's too unwound and indulgent -- but I have a certain affection for it, and I'm looking forward to whatever Anderson and the Wilsons do next.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Susan Stark - Detroit News
David Rooney - Variety
Starts and finishes strong, but, somewhere in the middle, it loses its focus and its way.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The first Anderson/Wilson offbeat, talky comedy.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
If Bottle Rocket is to be remembered for anything in Anderson's body of work, it should be as the film that gave the director the power and name recognition to continue making the films he wanted to make.
Matt Noller - Slant Magazine
Though flawed, Bottle Rocket is full of buried treasures and holds up to repeated viewings, as any cult film should. [Criterion Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Owen Wilson is a riot as the mentally unbalanced inept middle-class thief.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
...hysterical stuff, even if it only hints at the creative level Wilson and Anderson would reach next with Rushmore.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Apesar de perder o foco em seu segundo ato, conta com uma introducao divertida e, em seu terco final, traz um dos assaltos mais hilarios do Cinema norte-americano.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Dry, droll and really very funny.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Anderson's first foray into style-over-substance comedies
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Wes Anderson's first film -- and a fascinating indicator of what was to come.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
One of the best films of 1996.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Jurgen Fauth - About.com
Finely observed, fierce, and funny. The early stirrings of genius.
Martin Scribbs - Low IQ Canadian
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
Uninvolving early Anderson movie. Why do we care about this guy's obsession with a made? I don't get it.
Fred Topel - About.com
God bless Owen Wilson and Wes Anderson. Quirky indie-film fun.
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Bottle Rocket is full of the kind of energy and style that more movies should aspire to attain.
James Rocchi - Netflix
A small but original and refreshing comedy, well written, well directed and well acted. It's not the funniest or the coolest film ever or anything, but it's a very fun flick that will leave you smiling.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
A refreshingly original celebration of friendship and living out one's dreams (however misguided).
Michael Haile - Boxoffice Magazine
Not as funny as I had heard, but was in many ways more enjoyable.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
[Inez] is the only character about whom I cared. I was kind of hoping the rest of them, especially Dignan would be run over by a truck.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
A grueling, numbing black hole.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Maybe someone ought to think about culling this thing down into a sustainable short film.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Works on its own modest, limited terms and, despite the obvious fun involved, never feels self-indulgent.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
A beautiful, little film with an uptempo heart.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Feels exactly like what it is -- a short stretched out to a feature.
Barry Walters - San Francisco Examiner
A surprisingly funny look at childish obsessions and 'growing up' as a twentysomething.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com