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Thumbsucker Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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A tender but glib coming-of-age journey.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

October 7, 2005
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

Thumbsucker is a minor-key but satisfying dramedy about a high school misfit who takes solace in his, well, thumb.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 3/4

October 7, 2005
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

Thumbs down.

Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal | Original Score: 2/4

October 7, 2005
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

'Quirky' doesn't begin to describe this eccentric and funny dip into the bizarro-world psyche of adolescence, marked by neck-breaking turns of character in teenagers and adults alike.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 7, 2005
Kevin Williamson
Jam! Movies

It's hardly a profound insight, but the film is well-executed and well-acted and therefore recommended, thumbs and all.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3/5

October 7, 2005
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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So no one would argue that Thumbsucker sucks. But the thing does seem just so indie-movie familiar.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 7, 2005
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

Given a little less angst and little more insight by director Mike Mills, Thumbsucker would warrant a thumbs up.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

October 7, 2005
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Mike Mills applies a candy-colored viewpoint to Walter Kirn's novel of teen angst.

| Original Score: 2/4

October 7, 2005
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Another of the sensitive adolescent males who infest recent American independent cinema like so many epicene dust mites...

| Original Score: '2/4'

October 7, 2005
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register

A slow, deliberative but interesting trip into our overstimulated and overmedicated society through the eyes of a teenage slacker who can't stop sucking his thumb.

Full Review Source: Des Moines Register | Original Score: 4/5

October 7, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...displays a light hand and great taste in music

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: B

October 7, 2005
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Thumbsucker proves to be less about breaking new ground than about telling an oft-told story well.

Full Review Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette | Original Score: 3/4

October 7, 2005
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

By keeping his ambitions in check, Mills may not have reached something profound, but he's done one better: He's reached something real.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 4/5

October 6, 2005
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

It's a great title. It screams "Look at me! I'm quirky!" But the movie has no substance.

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 6, 2005
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Fittingly, each character has, if not a story to tell, then a story arc, and with it a chance to change, to heal and to come of age.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

October 6, 2005
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Has all the structure and focus of a study-hall notebook-paper doodle.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 6, 2005
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

Thumbsucker continues the tiresome trend of medicated-teen, clueless-adults dramas that are currently flooding the market.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly

October 6, 2005

Oregonian

As it stands, the film is perhaps a tad low-key to catch the eye, but it's carefully enough made and, especially, acted, to keep a hold on the brain and heart long after it's over.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B

September 30, 2005
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Mills, who hails from the world of music videos and TV commercials, has surrounded Pucci with a superlative group of actors, all of whom are in tune with his quiet, low-key approach to humor.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

September 30, 2005
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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Brave, funny leap into the abyss of adolescence.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 30, 2005
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