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  • Summary: Rusty James (Dillon) has been failing in his attempts to to live up to his older brother - The Motorcycle Boy's (Rourke) reputation. He returns from California to try to pass some his knowledge of life to his little brother.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    100
    Deliriously expressionistic visually and aurally.
  2. The most amazing thing about this amazing movie may be that in the end it communicates the large uncertainties and small hopes of a twisted, inarticulate adolescent boy perfectly, and wordlessly. [14 Oct 1983]
  3. 88
    I thought Rumble Fish was offbeat, daring, and utterly original.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    60
    Rumble Fish is another Francis Coppola picture that's overwrought and overthought with camera and characters that never quite come together in anything beyond consistently interesting.
  5. The stunning black-and-white cinematography in Francis Coppola's Rumble Fish functions rather like a cold compress, subduing a film that is otherwise all feverish extremes.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    60
    Rumble Fish is the messiest, most provocative inkblot of the year.
  7. 30
    The action is clotted and murky, and Coppola obviously hasn't bothered to clarify it for the members of his cast, who wander through the film with expressions of winsome, honest befuddlement.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 27, 2013
    10
    A largely misunderstood, and therefore underrated, film by master director Francis Ford Coppola, Rumble Fish is an experimental film that actsA largely misunderstood, and therefore underrated, film by master director Francis Ford Coppola, Rumble Fish is an experimental film that acts in some ways as a companion piece to The Outsiders, but is actually the better film of the two. Visuals and music are used superbly to illustrate multiple themes, which makes the film the perfect example of how these two things can be used to add to the idea of a film. In my opinion, this one ranks up there with Coppola's best, and, in some ways, surpasses them. Expand
  2. Nov 19, 2014
    8
    After his illustrious heydays in the 70s, 1980s seems to be a more productive period for Francis Ford Coppola when he delved into moreAfter his illustrious heydays in the 70s, 1980s seems to be a more productive period for Francis Ford Coppola when he delved into more scaled-down projects with more leeway for his artistic creation. RUMBLE FISH is a perfect example of this kind, released back-to-back with Coppola’s other film THE OUTSIDERS, both adapted from S.E. Hinton’s novel and met with mixed reviews at then. Nevertheless in retrospect, RUMBLE FISH is a sharply glossy achievement whose sterling lustre of the coloured fish against the canvas of high-contrast Black & White cinematography anticipated masterpieces like SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993, 9/10), and it is also a star-maker for Matt Dillon’s bad boy image and etches Mickey Rourke’s harrowing force of personality mixed with unfathomable mystique and magnetic sex appeal on the silver screen for eternity.

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