Hanks has crafted a highly entertaining film. It's young cast are all superb
| Original Score: 3/5
The rise of the Wonders is fun to watch, doesn't require a lot of probing analysis, and should make a great date movie, especially for Boomers.
Though Hanks doesn't serve up much context, he's solid with details, and the Wonders' performances ring truer than most.
...a brightly entertaining blend of humor and heartbreak about four fresh-faced guys in a band from Erie, Pa.
...nearly everything has incredible, subtle depth and this just make the movie that much more enjoyable.
passable entertainment, but still trite and superficial
| Original Score: 2/4
Leaving audiences feeling good is very much, and very successfully, on its mind.
Hanks or no Hanks this gem of a movie is definitely worth the time.
| Original Score: 85/100
In short, this is a lightweight but utterly loveable affair which proves Hanks is as assured behind the camera as in front of it.
In this story about the rise and fall of a pre-Beatles rock band--written by, directed by and starring Hanks--his true colors shine.
Light and peppy, this filmmaking debut by Tom Hanks is as harmless as a puppy dog waiting to be petted.
Hanks evokes astonishingly precise memories of the time.
Rock on, Hanks.
Without hauling in a lot of deep meanings, it remembers with great warmth a time and a place.
| Original Score: 3/4
That Thing You Do! is a credible first effort.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It's concerned with a very general notion of the corrupting nature of stardom, and it doesn't push any of its ideas far enough to invite its audience to invest in the issues it raises.
...is a pleasant film perfect for a brain-dead matinee.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
...a movie that, like many a pop tune, has a cute idea but a simpleminded lyric.
...the film has a contagiously exuberant atmosphere, and you'll most likely leave the theater happily humming the title tune.
You will likely leave the theater feeling happy for no particular reason.