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.
This is the sort of Pumpkin that really deserves to be smashed.
| Original Score: 1/5
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: B
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.
[T]hose same extremes prevent us from taking its message seriously, and the Stepford Wives mentality doesn't work in a modern context.
| Original Score: C+
Instead of putting an easy-to-swallow candy coating on a touchy subject, Pumpkin searches for beauty in ugliness and quality in imperfection.
| Original Score: B
For all its many flaws, Pumpkin has some worthwhile ideas and funny moments, and its whacked-out heart is in the right place.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Although I often found it hysterically funny, I was never quite sure if I was laughing at it or with it.
Remember: These are two hours of your life you'll never get back.
[A] rather thinly-conceived movie.
| Original Score: 2/5
Relentlessly, and sometimes brilliantly, it forces us to decide what we really think, how permissive our taste really is, how far a black comedy can go before it goes too far.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
The results are perversely watchable, as much for the movie's evasions as the controversial issues with which it toys. Often, it just seems carelessly smug.
The majority of the film is original and engaging, and Christina Ricci turns in another fine performance. This pair of assets alone is worth the price of admission.
Pumpkin sits in a patch somewhere between mirthless Todd Solondzian satire and callow student film.
I wish it would have just gone more over-the-top instead of trying to have it both ways.
An opportunity missed.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Pumpkin will no doubt make many people uncomfortable -- but its full frontal assault on political correctness had me in stitches.
Pumpkin means to be an outrageous dark satire on fraternity life, but its ambitions far exceed the abilities of writer Adam Larson Broder and his co-director, Tony R. Abrams, in their feature debut.
The filmmakers try to balance pointed, often incisive satire and unabashed sweetness, with results that are sometimes bracing, sometimes baffling and quite often, and in unexpected ways, touching.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
This post-p.c. comedy is rather less than the sum of its inconsistent daredevil postures.
Broder settles for a broadly played comedy in which the disabled are never really that disabled and intolerance stems more from naivete than from genuine malice.