(2001)

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80
L.A. Weekly
Playfully quirky film takes equal-time potshots at its many easy targets -- fundamentalism, intolerance, ethnic stereotypes.
78
Austin Chronicle
It's a shame if the controversy surrounding Bubble Boy distracts people from what a smart, subversive, and genuinely good-hearted film it is.
75
This movie has a sweetness at its core.
60
When it clicks, the picture should shock you into laughter -- enough to make you wish it were better and applaud its efforts anyway.
58
Portland Oregonian
This is a semi-mean-spirited movie; had it remained that way, it could have redeemed itself.
50
There's always been room for rudeness in humor. In fact, it can be invigorating. But Bubble Boy goes through the motions of being outrageous when all it's really got is a rage to conform to formula.
38
New York Post
Fitfully funny at best, it's a sophomoric, facetious road comedy.
30
Village Voice
The coke-fried gibbons behind Bubble Boy came to a trailblazing conclusion: The ideal filmic oddity is white, male, and -- a mother's deception notwithstanding -- perfectly healthy.
30
Hard though this antic farce tries to be outrageous, its satirical jabs at American culture are obvious and juvenile, as is the use of Jimmy's plastic bubble as a goofy metaphor for fear of life.
30
Chicago Reader
This Farrelly brothers "hommage" replicates the mechanics of their work without echoing its spirit or complex tone, and many of the deliberate offenses fail to transcend mere exploitation.

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