Universal acclaim - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. With its dry, throwaway humor and constant stream of chuckles, it creates its own category of stealth comedy.
  2. Anderson fulfills the promise of his inventive "Bottle Rocket" with this quirky, often hilarious comedy, and Murray gives his most uproarious performance since the groundbreaking "Groundhog Day."
  3. One of the freshest, richest, most original films to come out of Hollywood in a very long time.
  4. 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.
  5. 100
    A work of loopy, original comic genius.
  6. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    For me, the experience was much like seeing Mike Nichols' "The Graduate" and George Lucas' "American Graffiti" before the hype machines kicked in.
  7. Stylistically fresh and full of sweetness that never cloys, this is contemporary Hollywood filmmaking at its near best.
  8. Reviewed by: Brian M. Raftery
    The scene-stealer here is Bill Murray, who, after 25 years of near-hits, finds his most fully realized character yet.
  9. 90
    It's the funniest, saddest performance of the year in a film of uncompromising wit and heart.
  10. 90
    Fast, exhilarating new comedy.
  11. 90
    I can't remember a teenage romance this engagingly offbeat since "Lord Love a Duck."
  12. It's too smart to be maudlin.
  13. Reviewed by: Jeff Giles
    A marvelous comedy from deep in left field -- immaculately written, unexpectedly touching and pure of heart.
  14. Rushmore is an almost indefinable genre of its own. A comedy with a menacing edge? An ironic romance? Hard to call.
  15. 90
    Weird, warm, monumentally entertaining comedy.
  16. 89
    Filled with brilliant, stand-out performances.
  17. A true original: a film that stands apart from the crowd, goes its own way and all but dares you not to like it.
  18. A weird, wonderful and funny work that stands as a true original. As if that weren't enough, director and co-writer Anderson has given Bill Murray his best role in years.
  19. One of the most original, good-hearted comedies in a long time, Rushmore is the sort of movie where the strangest sequences of discords somehow keep managing to reach giddily improbable resolutions.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 148 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 44
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 44
  3. Negative: 6 out of 44
  1. Aug 27, 2010
    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 it all, and that's what gives the movie its strength. Full Review »
  2. Feb 22, 2012
    I really love this flick. Sadly I can relate to Max's delusional characteristics. He is kind of pathetic in a loveable kind of way. Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson created the most memorable and dysfunctional antilove triangle in the history of cinema in my opinion. The art direction is slick. The cast is brilliant, especially Murray. The soundtrack is filled to the brim with nostalgic tunes. It's pretty close to perfection. I'm a gonna give it a 10 just the same. Full Review »
  3. Nov 2, 2010
    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 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. Full Review »