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That Thing You Do! Reviews

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis
April 6, 2013
'That Thing You Do!' has an air of nostalgia and likeable characters that make us believe their story and their time, and a strong narrative backbeat to power this light musical comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
March 29, 2013
Tom Hanks directorial effort is a decent film overall, but nothing that would ever inspire to re-visit again and again with fondness.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
Sweet, sleepy take on flash-in-the-pan '60s band.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
July 8, 2010
A movie as catchy and likable as the title song.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 10, 2009
Whereas Dances With Wolves was an epic cultural tract, That Thing You Do! is a piece of entertaining bubblegum which, like its director, making his feature directorial debut, is high on charm and style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 17, 2007
Though Hanks keeps the satirical and critical aspects of this look at show biz fairly light, there's a lot of conviction and savvy behind the steadiness of his gaze.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 17, 2007
A barely there-tale of rock 'n' roll dreams, driven by the infectious title tune.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 17, 2007
First-time writer/director Tom Hanks stays about a half-beat ahead of the cliches with rim shots of boyish enthusiasm and deft comedy. The movie's also buoyed by the title song, whose Beatles sound is infectious enough to merit a real hit.
Ryan Cracknell
Calgary Movies
June 21, 2007
An undeniably delightful film. It makes you smile and want to dance, and (for better or worse) it's titular theme song won't leave your head for days.
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Emanuel Levy
January 3, 2007
A sweet, likeable tale of the quick rise to fame and then demise of a small town band. Set in 1964, Hanks' film offers a sanitized, Gump-ish look at a mythical period when boys were boys and girls were girls, with no references to the sex-drug subculture
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Sweet nothing, then, but what would you expect of a rock movie devoted to the drummer?
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
A simple, rather sweet and uncomplicated, rock and roll fable.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 25, 2004
With its exuberant tempo and danceable Beatlesque theme song, That Thing You Do will win the hearts of a broad audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 1, 2004
Uma história simples, contada de maneira também simples, que acaba agradando por suas boas intenções.
| Original Score: 3/5
Dragan Antulov
October 29, 2003
Hanks sacrificed character complexity, but at least some period details are right.
Full Review| Original Score: 5/10
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
June 19, 2003
An amusing directorial debut by Hanks
| Original Score: 4/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Hanks's debut feature, written and directed with delightful good cheer, is rock-and-roll nostalgia presented as pure fizz.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Leonard Schwarz
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Short on substance but long on charm, That Thing You Do! is a lively, entertaining fable about a makeshift rock 'n' roll band that enjoys a brief moment of fame in the summer of 1964.
| Original Score: 3/4
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Tom Hanks' writing-directing debut is a sweet valentine to rock 'n' roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Boston Phoenix
January 1, 2000
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