Tumbleweeds (1999)



Critic Consensus: Strong performances add authenticity and depth.

Movie Info

In its keenly observed account of a woman perched at the crossroads of life and self-realization, Tumbleweeds crystallizes the manifold impressive talents of Gavin O'Connor. Culling his narrative from the dusty backwaters of the working-class South, O'Connor delivers characters nuanced with frailty and defiance and a tone that ricochets between savagery, humor, and compassion. As in that memorable road movie Thelma and Louise, what results is a beautiful, offbeat romance about two individuals … More

Rating: PG-13 (for language, sensuality and a scene of domestic discord)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Gavin O'Connor, Angela Shelton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 24, 2000
Fine Line Features - Official Site


as Mary Jo Walker

as Ava Walker

as Jack Ranson

as Dan Miller

as Mr. Cummings

as Ginger

as Laurie Pendleton

as Vertis Dewey

as Zoe Broussard

as Adam Riley

as Check-Out Clerk

as Rachel Riley

as Vice Principal

as Rachel's Boyfriend

as Gas Attendant

as Captain Nemo's Waitr...

as Zoe's Mom at Cast Pa...

as Lady Capulet

as Diner Waitress

as Mrs. Boman

as Winston Jackson
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Critic Reviews for Tumbleweeds

All Critics (88) | Top Critics (25)

Tumbleweeds impresses with its freshly considered action and total avoidance of the stale and routine.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Features two unforgettable performances from a pair of actresses who are bound to make their mark in the movies.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

One of the most magical movie moments of the year.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Beyond the leads' accomplishments, the movie isn't exceptional.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

A deeply and disappointingly conventional picture masquerading as a free-spirited one.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

The authenticity rings as loud and true as a gas station bell.

January 1, 2000
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Tumbleweeds


Great movie, and kudos to Kimberly on her role.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

Although compared to Thelma & Louise in some write ups, Tumbleweeds ends up falling significantly short of that mark. Although McTeer's brief appearance as a "star" is memorable, it is a film that sticks in your mind momentarily and forgotten quickly.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

It's been a while since I've seen a good movie, and this proudly stept up to the plate. I was hooked by the second scene. The material is a little familiar, but not quite cliche. The acting is so genuine, fresh, and touching that you can't help but root for these two. There's an eerie undercurrent in the scenes with the boyfriend and the film doesn't shy away from Janet McTeer's character's deeply childish flaws I teared up during the motor home scene. Kimberly Brown and Janet McTeer give perfect performances. Aww....what a feel good movie.

Joey Nevarez

Super Reviewer

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