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Thumbsucker Reviews

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 7, 2012
Mills, a former music video director, writes and directs with subtle clarity, bringing a refreshing sensibility to the archetypical tale in which a displaced teen comes of age in a confusing and banal environment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nick Rogers
October 31, 2010
Many films portray teens as Frankenstein monsters bolted together by peer pressure and prescription drugs. "Thumbsucker" bests most of them by avoiding fingers wagged in caution and addressing the opportunity costs of adolescence and adulthood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Brandon Fibbs
February 28, 2008
Everything. Came. Together. Beautifully.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
August 10, 2007
Here, adolescence is a pandemic condition, a metaphor for the endless human struggle to become comfortable in one's own skin, blemishes and all.
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
Bonus points are awarded for the soundtrack by Tim Delaughter and many of his compatriots from the Polyphonic Spree.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
The result is sensitive, intelligent and deeply affecting.
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 9, 2005
Unlike so many movies in which a character changes in order to propel the plot forward, this one stops to follow up on the consequences of those changes.
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
December 6, 2005
Mills delivers here a rather original first feature, even though it follows the steps of other tales of teenage alienation.

Independent (UK)
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 1, 2005
Like Justin, Mills struggles to make his point, but even so, this is a tender portrait of teenhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
October 29, 2005
[Pucci] has an extremely unusual face, which, in addition to bearing a strong resemblance to Tilda Swinton, allows him to carry off both deadpan comedy and serious moments with equal aplomb.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 27, 2005
Its great strength lies in its characters, all of whom are constantly surprising the viewer by not being what they seem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
October 25, 2005
The way Mills gives every character the chance to surprise us turns what could have been just another tale of teen suburban angst into something special.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
October 17, 2005
Thumbsucker has something to say, and (Mike) Mills is tough enough and skilled enough to articulate the raw emotions of troubled youth.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
October 16, 2005
Finding Your Own Inner Animal
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
October 15, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
October 14, 2005
Thumbsucker has plenty of bite.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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Andrew O'Hehir
October 7, 2006
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Time Out
February 9, 2006

Film Ireland Magazine
January 31, 2006

Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006
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Arizona Republic
December 24, 2005
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
October 28, 2005
Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight
October 15, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 8, 2005

Baltimore Sun
October 8, 2005
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 2, 2005
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AV Club
September 26, 2005

Boston Phoenix
September 24, 2005
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
September 18, 2005
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