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Pumpkin Reviews

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Lisa Stokes
Orlando Weekly
August 15, 2002
In trying to be daring and original, it comes off as only occasionally satirical and never fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
August 9, 2002
It's clear the filmmakers weren't sure where they wanted their story to go, and even more clear that they lack the skills to get us to this undetermined destination.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/10
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 7, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 3, 2002
Smug, artificial, ill-constructed and fatally overlong...it never finds a consistent tone and lacks bite, degenerating into a pious, preachy soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 2, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Levine
Filmcritic.com
July 30, 2002
Some of their jokes work, but most fail miserably and in the end, Pumpkin is far more offensive than it is funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Scott Steinberg
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 26, 2002
Weird. Rewarding.
| Original Score: B
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
July 26, 2002
Would be considered an interesting failure, only it isn't all that interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
July 26, 2002
It's a mystery how the movie could be released in this condition.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 25, 2002
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.
David Noh
Film Journal International
July 23, 2002
Broder's screenplay is shallow, offensive and redundant, with pitifully few real laughs.
Kim Morgan
Oregonian
July 19, 2002
Pumpkin takes an admirable look at the hypocrisy of political correctness, but it does so with such an uneven tone that you never know when humor ends and tragedy begins.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
July 19, 2002
[T]hose same extremes prevent us from taking its message seriously, and the Stepford Wives mentality doesn't work in a modern context.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
July 14, 2002
A dark-as-pitch comedy that frequently veers into corny sentimentality, probably would not improve much after a therapeutic zap of shock treatment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
July 11, 2002
A journey toward self-awareness of a higher order.
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
July 11, 2002
Instead of putting an easy-to-swallow candy coating on a touchy subject, Pumpkin searches for beauty in ugliness and quality in imperfection.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 11, 2002
It is possible for a movie to skewer its characters and embrace them, but Pumpkin is too obvious to pull it off and so shaky in the tone department that it practically begs to be misinterpreted.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Chris Jones
Chicago Tribune
July 11, 2002
For all its many flaws, Pumpkin has some worthwhile ideas and funny moments, and its whacked-out heart is in the right place.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
July 11, 2002
At once divinely inspired and gut-wrenchingly horrible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 10, 2002
Pumpkin struts about with "courage" pinned to its huckster lapel while a yellow streak a mile wide decorates its back.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
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