"Simon Rex gives a virtuoso performance."
— Jesse Hassenger, Consequence
"An uproariously unhinged slice of Americana."
— Scott Tobias, The Reveal
"Rex’s Mikey, a magnetic egomaniac, is an extraordinary creation."
— Stephanie Zacharek, Time
"Mikey is one of Baker’s most thought-through creations, and Rex brings him to life with terrifying honesty."
— David Sims, The Atlantic
"Baker finds a kind of poetry in this pocket of Texas, packing it with a rich and diverse array of personalities..."
— Damon Wise, Financial Times
"Red Rocket is so arresting because of how it keeps hope alive by rescuing devastation from the jaws of happiness."
— David Ehrlich, IndieWire
"Red Rocket is both a laser-focused character study and a scrappy, scrupulously observed portrait of a tight-knit community."
— Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
"Freewheeling and kissed by the magic hour light like Baker's previous movies, Red Rocket is among the filmmaker's best works."
— Tomris Laffly, RogerEbert.com
"Baker’s indelible portrait has the natural rebelliousness of characters who refuse to perform the societal script they’ve been handed."
— Vince Mancini, Uproxx
"[A] deliriously funny and deviously satirical new comedy about a very specific, finely sketched specimen of parasitic American hustler."
— A.A. Dowd , AV Club
"Sean Baker is dedicated at the same time to the material realities of being poor in the United States and to the irreverent artificiality of snap zooms, smash cuts, and unexpected music cues."
— Pat Brown, Slant Magazine
"Director Sean Baker continues his strong career of shedding light on the fringes of American society with incredibly human stories. The undeniable center of Red Rocket, however, is a powerful turn from Simon Rex."
— Matthew Dougherty, IGN
"Red Rocket feels hand-tooled, made from the ground up, enterprisingly cast and untampered with by executives or marketing types. It feels as creatively pure as a novel by a kid just out of college. May it stay that way for Baker as long as he wants it to."
— Todd McCarthy, Deadline Hollywood Daily