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  • Summary: In this unique cinematic experiment from acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh, an unlikely love triangle is born at a doll factory in a small midwestern town fallen on hard times. (Magnolia Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  1. 100
    Everything about the film -- its casting, its filming, its release -- is daring and innovative.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Bubble is a stunt in search of a movie, and it almost finds one.
  6. The experience is interesting, in a flattened way.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephen Metcalf
    So brutal a negation of the popcorn aesthetic is liable to be mistaken for artistic courage. A grindingly slow pace, a quarter-baked plot, a semidocumentary focus on the lives of the working poor: It's enough to make you whimper "Matt Damon" in defeat.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. KevinG.
    Feb 18, 2006
  2. SpongeeeKhodadadi
    Jan 29, 2006
    Simple. Flat. Short. GREAT! When you get to the end, you want more but can walk out of the theater satisfied because anymore would be superfluous and spoil the emotion of the film. And that was some shady stuff how Rose took Kyle's money. Expand
  3. AlexF.
    Feb 1, 2006
    BUBBLE may lapse into psychodrama, but it is also a remarkably accurate picture of how many people live in Middle America. Sophisticated city audiences may snicker at these "hicks," but the majority of ordinary Americans will recognize themselves and hoiw they live. Whether they will welcome what they see is problematical, but BUBBLE is well worth seeing, if only for the fact that the characters (mostly non-professionals, in dead-on if flat and prosaic portrayals) actually WORK for a living. How often do we see that in an American movie lately? Expand
  4. BenK
    Jan 30, 2006
    A flim for the head more than for the heart. Perhaps one of the most authentic American films in its depictions of rural, working-class life but everything about the movie felt so pre-ordained I had litte emotional connection to what was happening on screen. Expand
  5. GeorgeR.
    Feb 2, 2006
  6. JeffJ.
    Feb 15, 2006
    One critic said that this movie is "Easier to admire than love", and I think that sums it up nicely. This is a film school exercise, not a movie that could ever appeal to general audiences. I agree that the technique is interesting, particularly the factory sequences, but even a well-made movie about a boring subject is still boring. I would only recommend this film to hard-core cinemaphiles. And finally, can someone explain why it's called "Bubble"? Deliberately obscure crap like that annoys me. Expand
  7. MaryW.
    Mar 10, 2006
    this is one of the most boring movies i have ever seen - including my in-laws' vacsation videos!

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