Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. The film itself is wretched. A grueling, numbing black hole.
  2. Reviewed by: Barry Walters
    Several times during this film, you wish you were a bottle rocket so you could explode out of your seat and leave this tedious mess behind.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Oct 8, 2011
    The movie's cinematography is impressive as well as the performance of the actors if you realize this was a student movie. But Wes Anderson's "Bottle Rocket" doesn't really have any twists or thrills in its plot; you'll be watching a 91 minute movie will interest, but no more than that level. Full Review »
  2. Aug 5, 2013
    BOTTLE ROCKET was a critical success when it was released in 1996 and launched the careers of a creative team that know comedy can be talky, subtle, character driven, and even heartbreaking at times. It's not the best Anderson-Wilson endeavor, but as the first it establishes central elements visible in all their films. Full Review »
  3. May 21, 2013
    Throughout Anderson's directorial debut, "Bottle Rocket," you can definitely sense him trying to come into his proverbial own, but it is still an outrageous and occasionally deep comedic drama. Full Review »