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  • Summary: Max Fischer, a tenth grade scholarship student at Rushmore Academy, falls in love with Rosemary Cross, a widowed elementary school teacher, but his friendship with Herman Blume, an unhappy, wealthy industrialist, suffers when Blume falls for Miss Cross as well.
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  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Stylistically fresh and full of sweetness that never cloys, this is contemporary Hollywood filmmaking at its near best.
  2. Murray, meanwhile, turns in a thrillingly knowing, unforced performance--an award-worthy high point in a career that continues, Max Fischer style, to defy the obvious at every turn.
  3. With its dry, throwaway humor and constant stream of chuckles, it creates its own category of stealth comedy.
  4. 90
    Fast, exhilarating new comedy.
  5. A true original: a film that stands apart from the crowd, goes its own way and all but dares you not to like it.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    80
    An often deft, frequently droll little movie.
  7. You can't have Rushmore without Max, and though Anderson obviously planned it this way, the kid is finally too off-putting to tolerate.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 44
  2. Negative: 6 out of 44
  1. Aug 27, 2010
    10
    It's hard to resist smiling through this movie. It's rarely laugh-out-loud funny, but there's an undeniable intrigue through the oddity of itIt's hard to resist smiling through this movie. It's rarely laugh-out-loud funny, but there's an undeniable intrigue through the oddity of it all, and that's what gives the movie its strength. Expand
  2. Sam
    Sep 24, 2001
    10
    Best ever, especially Murray. Can't believe he didn't win an Oscar.
  3. Jul 28, 2014
    10
    This is a wonderful movie. Everyone in the world should see it because it's the best thing

    10/10 and only just one of my all-time
    This is a wonderful movie. Everyone in the world should see it because it's the best thing

    10/10 and only just one of my all-time favorite films ever

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  4. Feb 22, 2014
    8
    A very peculiar, and riveting, coming of age story by brilliant director Wes Anderson. He also wrote the script along with longtime friend,A very peculiar, and riveting, coming of age story by brilliant director Wes Anderson. He also wrote the script along with longtime friend, Owen Wilson.

    Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray, with two excellent performances, breathe life into two very eccentric characters.

    Should have watched this a lot sooner. Yet, better late than never.
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  5. Sep 28, 2014
    8
    This is perhaps the most conventional of Anderson's films, but that might also make it his best. I can enjoy his overly stylized movies aThis is perhaps the most conventional of Anderson's films, but that might also make it his best. I can enjoy his overly stylized movies a great deal, but Rushmore never feels artificial or pretentious like those ones do. It's a little quirky but it's nowhere near the extreme end of the spectrum. It might also be Anderson's funniest movie. Why? It has the type of humor that pretty much anyone can get. You don't need to be a jaded cinephile to get a few laughs out of it. Murray & Schwartzman also make nearly perfect frienemies. I always feel like Murray's usually wasted by Anderson, but here he's let out of his cage. It's not perfect. It could have had a few more funny scenes, and occasionally its tones don't meld entirely successfully. But this is a real comedy, and I can't think of another Anderson movie that feels so much like it takes place in real life rather than some twee fantasy land. Max Fisher might also be his funniest character. In his own mind he's a total bad a#s. In reality he's a dweeb, but you can't deny that he's a dweeb with guts and one vicious attitude. Expand
  6. ChristopherJ.
    Mar 20, 2007
    6
    Bursting with Wes Anderson flavors, this film stretches caricatures to their limits and then let's us see novel elongated image anew. Bursting with Wes Anderson flavors, this film stretches caricatures to their limits and then let's us see novel elongated image anew. The characters are believable and amusing nearly beginning to end. Ranked within Anderson's filmography, I'm putting this second--after Royal Tenenbaums. Expand
  7. Nov 2, 2010
    6
    Being a fan of so many Wes Anderson movies and Bill Murray I felt obliged to watch this film. I have to say I was not as thrilled or I simplyBeing a fan of so many Wes Anderson movies and Bill Murray I felt obliged to watch this film. I have to say I was not as thrilled or I simply didn't enjoy this movie as much as his other works. That is not to say this movie is not good, it is. very good movie and I would suggest it to anyone looking for a cool movie to rent if bored one night. Expand

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