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Tadpole (2002)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 8

Slight, but good-natured and witty.



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Most 15-year-old boys are obsessed with the opposite sex, but this may be the only area in which Oscar Grubman (Aaron Stanford) could be called typical. An honor student at an exclusive prep school, Oscar is confident, keenly intelligent, speaks fluent French, and is well versed in the work of a number of French authors, particularly his favorite, Voltaire. Oscar seems to have gotten his fascination with French culture from his mother, who several years ago divorced his father Stanley (John

Jan 21, 2003


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All Critics (120) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (83) | Rotten (24) | DVD (13)

A small, charming indie.

August 22, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
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In every respect, director Gary Winick has served up a delectable, entertaining film.

August 21, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
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The top-notch cast brings the story to life with aplomb.

July 27, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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One of the smartest, most affecting movies of the year.

July 26, 2002
Washington Post
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A funny, fearless, poignant, spectacular performance.

July 26, 2002
Washington Post
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[D]emonstrate a certain affinity for the intimate observation of moral waywardness.

July 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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unpretentiously entertains

July 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

Coming-of-age comedy with some sex.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It's a flawed but satisfying movie with a great leading man, and a slew of great supporting performances.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Oscar's romantic plight plays well for subtle pathos in addition to laughs.

January 7, 2004 Full Review Source:

In a summer wrought with action adventures and dramatic epics, it's a refreshing change to trust in the teachings and maturity of a 15-year-old.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

The worst movie of 2002: 'Any film with such a formulaic foundation...faces the burden of succeeding in spite of it, yet Tadpole just dumbly offers it back up to us.'

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

Like a final project from a student film class, it has a raw and unsophisticated look...But that might be a good thing.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

The film might have been more satisfying if it had, in fact, been fleshed out a little more instead of going for easy smiles.

January 16, 2003
Movie Metropolis

The film pivots entirely on Aaron Stanford's performance, and he is super.

December 18, 2002 Full Review

A real step forward for the digital video revolution.

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

Tadpole has more than its share of problems, true, but they are problems that can be borne.

September 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It lacks the lushly romantic sensibility that made Woody Allen's similarly themed (and unfortunately prophetic) Manhattan seem plausible.

August 23, 2002
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

While this is no Harold and Maude -- one of the best films about an older woman and younger man -- Tadpole has an irresistible charm.

August 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Short and sweet, but also more than anything else slight... Tadpole pulls back from the consequences of its own actions and revelations.

August 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

Its direction, its script, and Weaver's performance as a vaguely discontented woman of substance make for a mildly entertaining 77 minutes, if that's what you're in the mood for.

August 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

It has little teen humour, with the majority of the cast unlikely to see 40 again, and there is not enough plot substance to constitute an incentive for the older crowd.

August 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

The terrific performances of Weaver and Neuwirth notwithstanding, little of this is very amusing. And it doesn't help that the film is visually offensive.

August 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

This particular Tadpole grows into neither a frog nor a prince.

August 16, 2002
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Tadpole

Mostly grating story about an arrogant, but brilliant, 15-year-old who falls in love with his stepmother. This movie tries to be edgy, a la Rushmore, but, due to a lack of likable characters, winds up being irritatingly stuffy instead.
January 27, 2008
Dean McKenna

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I could rank this higher if it weren't for one thing, the film looses real ground with Oscar getting too obssesed with Eve and even rejecting offers from other women. No matter how smart and sharp a 15 year old kid can be, the chance of getting laid with fine ladies at that age is like finding gold under your bed. No teen would say no to that just because he is in love with someone.

Yet, the film is quite fun to watch, especially for anyone who felt like the main character at some point over those teen years. No connection at all with people of his age, and with way too different interests. That and the taste for mature dames.

Nice wet dream of a movie, could have been better. Bebe Neuwirth looks damn good in this one. Only mentally derranged and under the influence of strange medications i would have prefered Weaver over her.
January 9, 2008
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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This movie is so sweet and funny, watching it just fills me with giggly joy. Everyone is great in this movie and the humour is derived from the characters themselves and thier relationships. It's easy to forget that Oscar is 15, which adds to the effectiveness of the whole story. I love this movie, even though it kind of looks like crap. I don't think digital Hi8 recording was the best way to go with this film.
April 9, 2007

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Sigourney Weaver and Bebe Neuwirth are cougars before there was name for it.
March 14, 2009

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