Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Likeable if unexciting little tale.
  2. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    The experience is interesting, in a flattened way.
  3. 50
    Bubble is the moviemaking equivalent of the worst narrative journalism. Every bit of "human interest" is so painstakingly planted, so determined to be applauded for its observation and sensitivity, it ends up seeming as slick and bogus as the worst Hollywood blockbuster.
  4. Worth seeing, even if you're as ambivalent about it as I am. Its strength is in the way the drama creeps up on you.
  5. The three stars are all perfectly naturalistic, but their roles are too bloodless and their patter too dry.
  6. 40
    The story is so flat and transparent in the telling, so empty of psychological mystery and depth, it skates dangerously close to condescension.
  7. Likely to be remembered more for its method of manufacture and release than for any inherent qualities of its own. It will also become one of the many fascinating footnotes in the always provocative career of Steven Soderbergh.
  8. 40
    I'd rate Bubble at no better than a C-plus for artistic achievement and a D-minus for audience appeal. In one sense, it accomplishes its goals efficiently by making you feel, in less than 80 minutes, as if you've gotten permanently trapped in the dead-end, trailer-park lives of its working-class characters. I've never been so grateful to get out of a theater, turn my cellphone back on and plug myself into a $4 Starbucks latte.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. KevinG.
    Feb 18, 2006
  2. EdwardV.
    Mar 12, 2006
    I am disabled and have watched a lot of movies over the last 15 years. I have registered over 1,000 reviews on the netflix site in the last 3 I am disabled and have watched a lot of movies over the last 15 years. I have registered over 1,000 reviews on the netflix site in the last 3 years alone, and i have to say that Bubble is the most boring, dull, piece of crap I've ever seen.I am very angry at having wasted my time watching this exercise in futility. I rented it because Roger Ebert called it a masterpiece. Comparing this movie to a masterpiece is like comparing grass growing to the Super Bowl. I don't know where his head was on this one, but I don't know if I'll ever trust his opinion again. I've been reading movie reviews for many years on many sites, but I've never seen one miss it this bad! If life isn't hard enough! Full Review »
  3. MaryW.
    Mar 10, 2006
    this is one of the most boring movies i have ever seen - including my in-laws' vacsation videos!