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Pumpkin (2002)



Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 73
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 46

The messy Pumpkin wastes its premise by not making the satire sharp enough.


Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 13

The messy Pumpkin wastes its premise by not making the satire sharp enough.



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Adam Larson and Tony R. Abrams' directorial debut Pumpkin is an unconventional love story. College senior Carolyn McDuffy (Christina Ricci) agrees to coach handicapped athletes from a local town in order to help her sorority win an award. She and her sorority sister Jeanine (Dominique Swain) are put off by the activity. Carolyn's discomfort begins to dissipate after meeting Pumpkin Romanoff (Hank Harris), a young man in a wheelchair who has dreams of competing in the shot put. Slowly, Carolyn


Drama, Romance, Comedy


Adam Larson Broder

Nov 5, 2002


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Though Harris is affecting at times, he cannot overcome the sense that Pumpkin is a mere plot pawn for two directors with far less endearing disabilities.

November 4, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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This is the sort of Pumpkin that really deserves to be smashed.

August 16, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
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By presenting an impossible romance in an impossible world, Pumpkin dares us to say why either is impossible -- which forces us to confront what's possible and what we might do to make it so.

August 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Though Pumpkin extends its jaundiced joke too far, it's almost worth it for Ricci's final scene, which tells us everything we need to know about what will become of her.

August 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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Weird. Rewarding.

July 26, 2002
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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If you believe any of this, I can make you a real deal on leftover Enron stock that will double in value a week from Friday.

July 25, 2002
New York Observer
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Black comedy about disability full of profanity, sex.

July 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Rambling and diffuse, this debut film vacillates between the Farrelly brotthers' gross-out comedy and a softer, kinder message film, an incoherent blend that proves frustrating and not particularly enjoyable either.

October 9, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

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January 12, 2004 Full Review Source:

Like a grinning Jack O' Lantern, its apparent glee is derived from a lobotomy, having had all its vital essence scooped out and discarded.

March 17, 2003 Full Review Source:

Pumpkin is a movie that resists categorization, that manages wit, intelligence, audacity and pointed social commentary while still entertaining us with a terrifically bizarre combination of soapy, ultra-stylized satire and blackly comic fairytale.

January 19, 2003 | Comment (1)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Successfully blended satire, high camp and yet another sexual taboo into a really funny movie.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Although there are many juicy supporting performances, Christina Ricci owns this movie. What a wonderful talent, and what a maddening, but enjoyable film.

December 3, 2002 Full Review Source: NUVO Newsweekly
NUVO Newsweekly

One of the most uneven motion pictures that I've had the displeasure of sitting through over the past few years.

November 8, 2002 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

...a pretentious mess...

November 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Christina Ricci comedy about sympathy, hypocrisy and love is a misfire.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

By halfway through this picture I was beginning to hate it, and, of course, feeling guilty for it.... Then, miracle of miracles, the movie does a flip-flop.

November 5, 2002
Movie Metropolis

Ambitious but moth-eaten satire.

October 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

A savage John Waters-like humor that dances on the edge of tastelessness without ever quite falling over.

September 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

This low-rent -- and even lower-wit -- rip-off of the Farrelly brothers' oeuvre gets way too mushy -- and in a relatively short amount of time.

September 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Ricci's Carolyn is entrenched so in her small worldview, so surrounded by sameness, that as she opens her heart to Pumpkin it's entirely believable.

August 26, 2002
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

All the filmmakers are asking of us, is to believe in something that is improbable.

August 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The fledgling directors juggle a few too many balls and aren't quite up to the challenge.

August 15, 2002
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

In trying to be daring and original, it comes off as only occasionally satirical and never fresh.

August 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Audience Reviews for Pumpkin

In thinking about this movie, I first thought that is was such a stupid movie because none of it was logical. A car burns up in a grand explosion, and the driver comes out without a burn. A girl takes every pill she can find in the medicine cabinet, but comes out unscathed. But OK, the movie is a satire on almost everything.
October 31, 2013

Super Reviewer

Pumpkin 2002 is about women that who becomes a mentor to a disabled guy.
Over time their friendship grows so munch like a hidden romantic relationship.
Everyone around them total disapproval of them be that way together. Will Carolyn and Pumpkin be able to be togther by end or will people still disapproval of them by the end of the film.
Good acting and plot.
True eye opening on this subject.
Good ending
It says it a comedy but I found it as a hard drama
Slow at times
If u wants a good drama you should give this a try.
June 18, 2011
erika bruhns

Super Reviewer

Pumpkin, a mix of drama, comedy and romance flaw with the not so good screenplay written by Adam Broder. Is really sad see that Pumpkin is not a fresh movie.
May 22, 2011
Lucas Martins

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If you're understanding, it's not upsetting, but otherwise you may think of it as obscene. Personally, I loved it.
August 2, 2010

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