(2007)

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Based on 29 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
80
This year’s diamond in the rough, a small movie that is big in heart and promises to be big at the box office.
75
A quirky charmer.
75
Don't be put off by the title. This is no sequel, but a surprisingly charming British comedy that is only tangentially associated with "Rambo."
70
Village Voice
At its most likable, Son of Rambow evokes the rush of discovery that turns budding cinephiles into lifers--that delight in finding a film that seems to express or coalesce some inchoate yearning, including a yen to share.
70
A likable, lightly sticky valentine to childhood, the 1980s and the dawning of movie love, Son of Rambow was written and directed by Garth Jennings and produced by Nick Goldsmith, the duo behind the underappreciated fantasy "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."
63
The resulting tale of friendship and family touches plenty of crowd-pleasing buttons but comes across as more than a little derivative.
60
A sweetly raucous adventure. Widely quoted comparisons to "Billy Elliot" and Tim Burton overstate the case for what is really a modestly eccentric entertainment.
58
The team who made "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" display plenty of whirligig energy, if not much control or lightness of touch.
58
The A.V. Club
The shooting of the movie-within-a-movie offers the brightest moments in Son Of Rambow, a testament to the innocence of the boys' creative impulse and the sheer unlikely pleasure of their friendship.
50
The Hollywood Reporter
A hodgepodge of popular kids' elements crammed into a mishmash of a movie.

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