Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Deliriously expressionistic visually and aurally.
  2. 88
    I thought Rumble Fish was offbeat, daring, and utterly original.
  3. 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]
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    A triumph of romantic impulse over stylistic indulgence. [21 Oct 1983]
  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
    Rumble Fish is the messiest, most provocative inkblot of the year.
  7. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    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.
  8. 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.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Dec 27, 2013
    A 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. Full Review »