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Tadpole Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
November 28, 2008
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 31, 2003
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 22, 2002
A small, charming indie.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
August 21, 2002
In every respect, director Gary Winick has served up a delectable, entertaining film.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 27, 2002
The top-notch cast brings the story to life with aplomb.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 26, 2002
One of the smartest, most affecting movies of the year.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 26, 2002
A funny, fearless, poignant, spectacular performance.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 26, 2002
[D]emonstrate a certain affinity for the intimate observation of moral waywardness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 26, 2002
Tadpole will delight audiences for its comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 26, 2002
A low-budget affair, Tadpole was shot on digital video, and the images often look smeary and blurry, to the point of distraction. Then again, in a better movie, you might not have noticed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
July 26, 2002
Tadpole is emblematic of the witless ageism afflicting films: Young is cool, and too young is too cool.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
July 26, 2002
Most folks with a real stake in the American sexual landscape will find it either moderately amusing or just plain irrelevant.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 26, 2002
A movie that gets by on charm even when it's tippytoeing in taboo territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
July 26, 2002
Although it's short, Tadpole has a long-lasting effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 26, 2002
Tadpole was written in wisps and watery double-entendres by Heather McGowan and Niels Mueller, and the movie is so benign that its proceedings are beside the point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail
July 26, 2002
Tadpole is smart and sophisticated entertainment, whatever its shortcomings, and it deserves to be encouraged.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 26, 2002
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Arizona Republic
July 26, 2002
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 26, 2002
The film has other problems than credibility. It ends with unseemly haste, it underlines its points too obviously, and its camera moves when it should be still.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 25, 2002
It's fun, wispy, wise and surprisingly inoffensive for a film about a teen in love with his stepmom.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
July 25, 2002
Neither funny nor moving enough to compare to Rushmore, Murmur of the Heart or any of the other better movies on which it's modeled.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 25, 2002
In the hands of most other actors, Oscar would come off as a pretentious prig. Stanford makes him seem pathetically, comically, charmingly real.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 25, 2002
A wannabe comedy of manners about a brainy prep-school kid with a Mrs. Robinson complex founders on its own preciousness -- and squanders its beautiful women.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 25, 2002
Tadpole would be a surprise hit with any audience anywhere that still cares about character development, good acting, careful, literate scriptwriting and stylish filmmaking on a shoestring.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 25, 2002
On this tricky topic, Tadpole is very much a step in the right direction, with its blend of frankness, civility and compassion.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 25, 2002
Seems precious when it means to be precocious, and pretentious when it can least afford to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Loren King
Chicago Tribune
July 25, 2002
Weaver and Neuwirth are the sparks in this film, as they project a maternal sexiness and sincerity that's entirely believable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 22, 2002
At times it's like an erudite version of a horny teen fantasy flick. But I am recommending Tadpole for its whimsical feel, its tart wit and the many fine performances, most notably from young Aaron Stanford.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 19, 2002
Tadpole is an irreverent and witty comedy in which the events aren't predictable but are well paced.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
July 19, 2002
A sparkling cosmopolitan comedy that plays fast and loose with sacred cows of family values.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 19, 2002
An indie triumph.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 18, 2002
Shot in just two weeks with a hand-held digital camera, the movie often looks frayed around the edges. Yet it has a soulful heart and a clear grasp of its rarefied milieu.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 18, 2002
Tadpole is a sophisticated, funny and good-natured treat, slight but a pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 18, 2002
The surprise of this short and inexpensively made indie (originally shot on digital video) is its authority and good cheer.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
July 16, 2002
[Stanford] deftly switches between Oscar's self-assigned roles -- the charming raconteur for Eve, the aloof aesthete for everyone else -- while Neuwirth radiates a saucy, infectious giddiness.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 9, 2002
Tadpole may be small, but it's something special -- a cheeky comedy knockout.