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  • Summary: "Rubber" is the story of Robert, an inanimate tire that has been abandoned in the desert, and suddenly and inexplicably comes to life. As Robert roams the bleak landscape, he discovers that he possesses terrifying telepathic powers that give him the ability to destroy anything he wishes without having to move. At first content to prey on small desert creatures and various discarded objects, his attention soon turns to humans, especially a beautiful and mysterious woman who crosses his path. Leaving a swath of destruction across the desert landscape, Robert becomes a chaotic force to be reckoned with, and truly a movie villain for the ages.(Magnolia Pictures)

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    Mar 29, 2011
    An essay on storytelling and spectatorship within When Inanimate Objects Attack schlock - one infused with the haunting aura and disillusionment of a post–"Easy Rider" road movie - Rubber is some kind of miracle.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Mar 29, 2011
    Dupieux's utterly zany slice of narrative subversion transcends that singularly goofy premise to create one of the more bizarre experiments with genre in quite some time.
  3. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Mar 31, 2011
    While it can be seen as an environmental horror movie (if you must), Rubber doesn't dig down but instead merrily rolls on, as Mr. Dupieux plays with narrative and form. In one wonderful cinematic coup the tire spots a crow and shifts toward the bird so that it's framed in the tire hole, an angle that turns the tire into a camera. Point. Click. Explode.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    May 13, 2011
    It's a fun one to talk about -- if only for the opportunity to shake your head in amused disbelief at what you just saw.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Apr 28, 2011
    The carnage is cartoonishly graphic, but the onlookers watching through binoculars from a nearby sandy bluff are impressed.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Apr 3, 2011
    Mostly it's got a barely tolerable level of metaness.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Mar 31, 2011
    Rubber could have been a modest horror novelty, a wicked, malevolent version of "The Red Balloon."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 7 out of 21
  1. Apr 22, 2011
    First of all I need to say that this is not a horror film, and it is not one of those crap mockbusters that I am seeing more and more of, what it looks like from the start is a film for intellectuals and film buffs, but it is not. If you go in wanting to see a intellectual film or a horror film you will be disappointed, you really need to go in there expecting anything. this is why I think it has got a lot of bad reviews, because most critics are intellectual film buffs, and that is precisely who this film is taking the piss out of.
    Rubber starts in a very interesting way, where a sheriff appears to be directly addressing the audience but as it turns out is addressing another audience of the same film... actually never mind revealing anything in this film is a spoiler because of one thing. It dose not have a plot, it is the pure essence of unconnected randomness, it is so surreal and so perfect for it. Can I just say that if you give it a go, force yourself to watch the first 15 or so minutes, and if you like it then great, if you don't then tie one end of your skull to a wall and the other end to a truck moving away from the wall and EXPAND YOUR F***ING MIND. There is no reason to not like this film, it is not meant to be understood and even the supposed message is says it is delivering is not really what it is doing. what it is doing is the pure essence of every film, and showing that you don't need things like sense or plot to do it. What it is doing is entertaining you and if you don't let it then it is only your own fault that you didn't have fun.
  2. Jan 1, 2013
    one of the most strange and risky films of 2011, and that risk pays off admirably, funny, creepy, surreal, and highly effective, this is the most unique viewing experience i could recommend Expand
  3. Apr 2, 2011
    This movie is by far the most unique film I have ever seen. It was like a weird dream when I was watching it. It had some funny parts and most of the time it couldn't be predicted what would happen next. I would have to say this is a must see movie for those who admire uniqueness. Expand
  4. Feb 14, 2014
    I wanted to hate this film. But I couldn't. It's so random and plot less that it seems absolutely unnecessary to create. Yet I did like it. The way everything fit together all made sense, no matter how dumb it sounded. Expand
  5. Oct 10, 2012
    Rubber's whole vantage point rises from the "there's no reason" standpoint we so often ask in movies. And to be honest, it's a very good question regarding the plots of films. But after 30 minutes or so, the film's shine and rather interesting question wear right off and we're left with a questionable film that really does make us ask "why did we sit through all of that?" Expand
  6. BKM
    May 29, 2012
    Rubber, aside from being almost migraine inducing-ly pretentious and devoid of humor, is dripping with contempt for its audience. The story of a tire rolling around the desert and killing anything in its path only pretends not to have a point. The real target is the viewer. Critics and intellectuals will attempt to uncover deeper meanings while casual viewers will scratch their heads and wonder what the point is. The sad truth is that the filmmakers have convinced us to watch 90 minutes of nothing. Expand
  7. Apr 4, 2011
    This movie absolutely made me pull my hair out. This movie's aspect on the "no reason" symbolism made me hate the movie even more. Granted that the movie was trying to make a film based on the reason that there is none but, in that respect, made me irritated through beginning to end. The parts that were supposed to be funny were not even wroth a chuckle and the times that the movie tried to horrific just made me want to fall asleep. I am a man who has watched many movies and I liked most of them even when people don't but this movie made me hate every second watching it. Expand

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