It's got more genuine-seeming feelings and a more accurate take on its particular corner of the world than a colosseum of summer blockbusters.
Raising it above the usual clichés are the superb jazz music and a sparkling script by lead actress Polly Draper.
Ms. Draper's taut, self-effacing, extremely quiet performance is the best thing about the movie.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A sympathetic but conventional disease-of-the-week movie.
The Tic Code is the summer's surprise gift, a loving and humane film that rises above the season's overhyped blockbusters like a flower poking up through the concrete.
The Tic Code is badly lit and at times, awkwardly inspirational, yet there's real feeling in it.
| Original Score: B
For me, it's just a little too restrained, with too many false notes.
Starts out self-consciously but gets better as it goes along, winding up as affecting as it is illuminating.
| Original Score: 4/5
| Original Score: 2/4
If it seems to have the ingredients of an after-school special, the performances take it to another level. Gut level.
| Original Score: 3/4
The Tic Code works better as a sociological study than as a gripping drama. And during this summer of our discontent, that may be recommendation enough.
This is the loving accomplishment of The Tic Code, to open a door onto the deepest kind of understanding.