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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
    63
    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
    10
    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

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