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Tumbleweeds (1999)



Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 66
Fresh: 55 | Rotten: 11

Strong performances add authenticity and depth.


Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 3

Strong performances add authenticity and depth.



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User Ratings: 1,426

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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


Drama, Comedy


Gavin O'Connor, Angela Shelton

Nov 24, 2000

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All Critics (88) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (55) | Rotten (11) | DVD (12)

The characters have been intriguing to know and easy to care about.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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Tumbleweeds impresses with its freshly considered action and total avoidance of the stale and routine.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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One of the most magical movie moments of the year.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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This smart, hardscrabble, very likable film has a heart and spirit all its own.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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Touching look at tough mom-daughter relationship.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A keenly observed chronicle of a single mother at the crossroads of self-realization, Gavin O'Connor's debut features a wonderful, Oscar-caliber performance from British Janet McTeer.

January 9, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

A mother-daughter flick that is filled with satisfying surprises and two very fine performances.

March 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

[McTeer] radiates openness, optimism, and sensuality; she captures the casual, easy-going exterior and the pain and insecurity and weariness underneath, too.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

The perfect showcase for McTeer.

January 1, 2000
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The screen chemistry between McTeer and Brown, conveying a fierce attachment to one another in the face of life's uncertainty, that is really thrilling to watch.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: IFilm

It's the two leads, however, who truly make the film, with their incredible chemistry and infectious energy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Citysearch

Your enjoyment of the film will entirely depend on just how irritating you find McTeer's Mary Jo.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

When the film is as lovingly put together as this funny and heartwarming one is, it is one to be savored.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Someone tell me please--what is the point of this film?

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

A handful of insightful scenes can't stop this slight movie from tumbling into the realm of soap opera.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Remarkably uneventful and rarely compelling.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

The slim story didn't hold my interest.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A delicate drama, short on plot but rich in memorable characters.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Tumbleweeds

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.
May 15, 2014
John Ballantine

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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.
September 18, 2007
Joey Nevarez

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