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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
    60
    Bubble Boy simply has the gall to make light of one of the last untouchable left in America: disease.
  4. 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.
  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
    0
    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. 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.
  2. 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... 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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