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  • Summary: This coming of age comedy follows the adventures of Bubble Boy Jimmy Livingston as he leaves his protected world in a portable bubble and begins a cross-country journey to win back the girl of his dreams.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 21
  2. Negative: 9 out of 21
  1. 80
    The bubble-kid moms can whine all they want, but Bubble Boy is a liberated movie --liberated from tastefulness, of course, but also from logic, suffering, consequence, and temperance.
  2. It's a shame if the controversy surrounding Bubble Boy distracts people from what a smart, subversive, and genuinely good-hearted film it is.
  3. Reviewed by: Jan Stuart
    Bubble Boy simply has the gall to make light of one of the last untouchable left in America: disease.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    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.
  5. Fitfully funny at best, it's a sophomoric, facetious road comedy.
  6. 30
    Hard though this antic farce tries to be outrageous, its satirical jabs at American culture are obvious and juvenile, as is the use of Jimmy's plastic bubble as a goofy metaphor for fear of life.
  7. Reviewed by: Bruce Fretts
    After enduring only a few minutes of this shrill debacle, you'll feel more trapped in the theater than Jimmy is by his bubble.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. BigK.
    Dec 20, 2005
    Gyllenhall is (in my view) not that great. He picked a winner to star in here though. V.funny.
  2. JackieU.
    Aug 22, 2002
    Way off da scalez!!!! jake gyllenhaal is my favorite actor and he's da hottest 2! i have a cousin that stars in movies like zoolander and meet the parent, but he's not as funny as jake!!!iiiiii loooovvvvveeeeeee uuuuu jjjjakkkkeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!~*~*~*~*by:jackie Expand
  3. Aug 25, 2010
    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...
  4. Samantha
    May 11, 2006
    I Loved this movie. its a true fairytale, and it even has the fairytale ending. its my favourite!
  5. Mar 2, 2011
    One of the best Jake Gyllenhaal movies I ever seen, following Donnie Darko. Great comedy and great acting in the process.
  6. FelixQ.
    Jul 25, 2006
    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. Expand
  7. ChadS.
    Nov 22, 2005
    "Bubble Boy" wants to have it both ways; tasteless, with a sweet underpinning, but for this story of a boy with an immunity disorder to really work, the filmmakers needed to be fearless like the people who made the underrated "Pumpkin". To make fun of disabled people is a risky proposition and "Bubble Boy" cops out, choosing rather to make fun of Hinduism and foreign accents. There's also a missed opportunity to satirize a certain brand of Christian fundamentalism, the hypocritical kind; which triggered a bout of deja vu, and then I remembered, oh yeah, "Saved", another film that played it too safe. "Bubble Boy" seems more like material for a pre-"Hairspray" John Waters vehicle than a mainstream flick, but it's worth seeing because Jake Gyllenhaal is on the verge of stardom. Maggie's brother is immensely likable, even when he's parroting, "500 dollahs!" Ever Carradine should've played his love interest. Expand

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