Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 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."
  2. 90
    I can't remember a teenage romance this engagingly offbeat since "Lord Love a Duck."
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Sragow
    60
    By the end, were it not for Murray, watching Rushmore would be like reading an article on "Why adolescents need Prozac."
  4. 90
    It's the funniest, saddest performance of the year in a film of uncompromising wit and heart.
  5. With its dry, throwaway humor and constant stream of chuckles, it creates its own category of stealth comedy.
  6. One of the freshest, richest, most original films to come out of Hollywood in a very long time.
  7. A true original: a film that stands apart from the crowd, goes its own way and all but dares you not to like it.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. One of the great things about this unpredictable, exhilaratingly goofy fable is how it shows that even the clueless - and the tragically morose - have a shot at redemption.
  11. 63
    Seems torn between conflicting possibilities: It's structured like a comedy, but there are undertones of darker themes, and I almost wish they'd allowed the plot to lead them into those shadows.
  12. 63
    Rushmore is one of those films that's so inconsequential that its memory threatens to fade away before the end credits have finished rolling.
  13. Reviewed by: Sandra Contreras
    70
    This film is the product of artists working at the peak of their powers.
  14. 89
    Filled with brilliant, stand-out performances.
  15. 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.
  16. 100
    A work of loopy, original comic genius.
  17. Stylistically fresh and full of sweetness that never cloys, this is contemporary Hollywood filmmaking at its near best.
  18. 90
    Fast, exhilarating new comedy.
  19. It's too smart to be maudlin.
  20. Reviewed by: Jeff Giles
    90
    A marvelous comedy from deep in left field -- immaculately written, unexpectedly touching and pure of heart.
  21. Rushmore is an almost indefinable genre of its own. A comedy with a menacing edge? An ironic romance? Hard to call.
  22. 90
    Weird, warm, monumentally entertaining comedy.
  23. 80
    A beautifully off-center movie.
  24. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    80
    An often deft, frequently droll little movie.
  25. You can't have Rushmore without Max, and though Anderson obviously planned it this way, the kid is finally too off-putting to tolerate.
  26. Reviewed by: Brian M. Raftery
    95
    The scene-stealer here is Bill Murray, who, after 25 years of near-hits, finds his most fully realized character yet.
  27. 75
    With the astonishingly assured newcomer Jason Schwartzman to bounce off of, Murray has his best comic foil since those feisty rodents in Groundhog Day and Caddyshack. [5 February 1999, Life, p.11E]
  28. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    100
    For me, the experience was much like seeing Mike Nichols' "The Graduate" and George Lucas' "American Graffiti" before the hype machines kicked in.
  29. 80
    Battling back with droll seriousness, Murray imbues his sad-sack loner with a touching, funny dignity, and comes up with his best work in a very long time.
  30. 70
    One of the weirdest, hardest-to-place studio films I've seen in years.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 150 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
    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. Full Review »
  2. Feb 22, 2012
    10
    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. WesI 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
    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. Full Review »