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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  1. Of the idiosyncratic ''little'' movies that Soderbergh has made to clear his head (Full Frontal, Schizopolis), this is the first that truly connects.
  2. 100
    Everything about the film -- its casting, its filming, its release -- is daring and innovative.
  3. Bubble is a strong film with a gorgeously minimal script by Coleman Hough. Soderbergh has directed his actors to perfection, rendering them indistinguishable from their roles. And, though the story resorts to sensationalism for its conflict, the film is eloquent in its portrayal of silence, depression, repression, denial and the woes of the Midwestern white working class.
  4. Soderbergh and screenwriter Coleman Hough aren't interested in creating a coy whodunit so much as evoking the deeper, less romantic mysteries of people -- and it's riveting.
  5. 88
    A potent and provocative look at life unhinged. Bubble is said to be the first in a series of six low-budget films from Soderbergh. If they all rock the boat like this one, bring 'em on.
  6. Soderbergh does overemphasize the "little-people" dreariness of it all. But there is much low-key humor here, too, albeit on the dark side.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    The film doesn't judge or prod its characters, just watches the long fuse of the plot dwindle, then explode.
  8. Easier to admire than love, Bubble is a fascinating exercise that seems calculated to repel most audiences, which probably suits Mr. Soderbergh just fine.
  9. Starting off as a low-key psychological drama, this suddenly turns into a murder mystery that's resolved awkwardly and ambiguously, but the fascination of the characters and milieu remains.
  10. An odd little movie and a good one, worthy for what it is and potentially groundbreaking for how it's being made available.
  11. The film manages to be an intriguing, grimly entertaining, strangely haunting little slice of heartland noir very much in the experimental tradition of such previous Soderbergh oddities as "Schizopolis" and "Full Frontal."
  12. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Bubble is a haunting film, made all the more intriguing by the use of ordinary people, not actors, in all the roles.
  13. It's reassuring to see Steven Soderbergh return to riveting down-and-dirty filmmaking with Bubble.
  14. 75
    Simply too odd and unconventional to ever appeal to a broad audience, either at the multiplex or on home video.
  15. 75
    In movies this deliberately paced, the line between fascination and boredom is a fine one, easily crossed. Fortunately, Bubble stays on the right side of that line.
  16. Despite its refreshingly straightforward style and compelling performers, the movie feels encased in an invisible, filmy membrane of its own. Soderbergh keeps his characters on one side of the wall and his audience on the other. As to which is living in the real world, I guess that's open to discussion.
  17. 70
    Strange and off-putting, and hard-nosed types in the film business will no doubt dismiss it as a nothing. But, even if Bubble hasn't brought down the Bastille, the movie is far from nothing.
  18. 67
    It's almost condescending, as though Soderbergh were challenging himself to make Middle America interesting. And yet the movie IS interesting, almost in spite of itself.
  19. Ultimately, Bubble is less important as a film than as an experiment in simultaneous cross-platform film distribution.
  20. 63
    One of the more interesting low-budget experiments Steven Soderbergh has indulged in between flashy Hollywood entertainments.
  21. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Bubble is a stunt in search of a movie, and it almost finds one.
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!