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Rubber

Quentin Dupieux directs this inventive twist on low-rent revenge flicks, which follows a &NFi;car tire&NFi_; named Robert that rolls through the desert Southwest using its strange psychic powers to blow up birds, bunnies, human beings and more. But when Robert spies a gorgeous woman motoring down the highway, he decides to follow her and take a chance on love. This gleefully over-the-top black comedy stars Stephen Spinella and Roxanne Mesquida.
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Netflix Rating: 2.9
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 68%
Critics' score: 68   Audience score: 50   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Your enjoyment of French filmmaker Quentin's Dupieux's movie depends in large part on your capacity to enjoy the absurd. I enjoyed it quite a bit. full review

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

Rubber will undoubtedly be the best film about a round, hollow serial killer released this year. full review

Tom Long, Detroit News

If "Rubber'' was half as smart as it is clever, we might be talking gonzo midnight four-star classic here. full review

Ty Burr, Boston Globe

"Rubber" is a silly thing. But it doesn't stop at silly. full review

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

More a deadpan art provocation than a real movie, Rubber is spun out like a musical theme through a series of variations. full review

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

An exercise in horrific absurdity that is neither as scary nor as amusing as it hopes to be. full review

Peter Howell, Toronto Star

Picture Monty Python writ ing an unusually odd "Twilight Zone" episode directed by surrealist Luis Bunuel. Or just empty your mind of all sense: This is "Rubber." full review

Kyle Smith, New York Post

Either of the film's sides - the horror comedy or the post-modernist commentary - probably wouldn't be enough to sustain the movie on its own. But with both facets taken together, writer/director Quentin Dupieux can have his cake and deconstruct it too. full review

"Rubber" has anthropomorphic, head-scratching fun with its gory B-movie trappings, silly music cues, self-referential comedy and deliberately off-kilter acting. full review

Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

By embracing irrationality as his operating principle (or at least by pretending to), Mr. Dupieux lets himself off the narrative hook. full review

Manohla Dargis, New York Times

The potshots made at horror film audiences, and/or film audiences in general, are ... slipshod. full review

Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies

Pic offers auds few reasons to want to see it beyond its one-joke premise. full review

Leslie Felperin, Variety

Nobody's safe -- least of all moviegoers -- with a killer tire on the loose. full review

Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter

An essay on storytelling and spectatorship within When Inanimate Objects Attack schlock -- one infused with the haunting aura and disillusionment of a post-Easy Rider road movie -- Rubber is some kind of miracle. full review

Karina Longworth, Village Voice

A strikingly clever parody of bloody road thrillers of the nineteen-seventies... full review

Richard Brody, New Yorker
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