Bubble Boy

Metascore
41

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 21
  2. Negative: 9 out of 21
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  1. 60
    When it clicks, the picture should shock you into laughter -- enough to make you wish it were better and applaud its efforts anyway.
  2. Reviewed by: Jan Stuart
    60
    Bubble Boy simply has the gall to make light of one of the last untouchable left in America: disease.
  3. This is a semi-mean-spirited movie; had it remained that way, it could have redeemed itself.
  4. It's hardly original and rarely laugh-out-loud funny -- the filmmakers constantly fall back on the sight of bounding balloon Jimmy squeezing his way out of one situation after another.
  5. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    There's always been room for rudeness in humor. In fact, it can be invigorating. But Bubble Boy goes through the motions of being outrageous when all it's really got is a rage to conform to formula.
  6. 50
    Belongs to that genre of movie that works hard to achieve a certain twisted and demented wit.
  7. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    Though there are some funny sequences, the frothy Bubble Boy evaporates without delivering enough belly laughs.
  8. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    40
    Seems bent on creating equal-opportunity offense to many groups, but more often than not is appalling simply for its silliness and lack of comedic control.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Aug 25, 2010
    10
    The best soundtrack EVER! The best of the strangest comedies in history. I tried to find another movie by the author of Bubble Boy...The best soundtrack EVER! The best of the strangest comedies in history. I tried to find another movie by the author of Bubble Boy... nothing I could find works as well as this.
    Should be ranked as one of the best comedies (although I know it won't). Too many Napoleon Dynamite fans out there...
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  2. FelixQ.
    Jul 25, 2006
    10
    I will defend this one unto the death. Well, maybe not *death*, but you get the point. I actually laughed out loud while watching it on my I will defend this one unto the death. Well, maybe not *death*, but you get the point. I actually laughed out loud while watching it on my own, which doesn't happen often. I really am a sap for the puppy-dog eyes male leads, and this movie just scratches the itch in the hard to reach spot in he middle of my back. Metaphorically speaking, that it. Full Review »
  3. Mar 2, 2011
    10
    One of the best Jake Gyllenhaal movies I ever seen, following Donnie Darko. Great comedy and great acting in the process.