Thumbsucker Reviews

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 6, 2005
Has all the structure and focus of a study-hall notebook-paper doodle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 19, 2005
Other than moments here and there, drama is sorely lacking.
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
September 21, 2005
The film itself could stand an extra dose or two of something special; what it achieves falls far short of what it aims for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
September 15, 2005
these skills and cast would have been better served in a story of just slightly more import
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
August 24, 2005
Indulges in the notion that those living outside the big city are socially and psychologically maladjusted morons.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 23, 2005
As Thumbsucker settles down into a parable about drug use and finally a standard-issue coming-of-age tale, this same contemplative tempo turns into a dreary trudge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
September 20, 2005
The captivating matter of the opposable digit is lost among a plethora of intriguing plot points without resolution.
| Original Score: '2/4'
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 20, 2010
So unexciting that it almost made me want to suck my thumb or whatever to get over sitting through such a heavy going and dull film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
September 1, 2005
On the precipice of credibility, the film isn't helped by an actor who is as low wattage as Pucci.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 7, 2005
...emphasizes quirkiness to an almost infuriating extent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lexi Feinberg
CinemaBlend.com
August 30, 2005
It suffers from the same shortcomings as Chumscrubber, where realism seems to come second to zingers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
October 7, 2005
Given a little less angst and little more insight by director Mike Mills, Thumbsucker would warrant a thumbs up.
Angela Baldassarre
Sympatico.ca
October 12, 2005
Odd and tedious
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 15, 2005
'Thumbsucker' sidesteps the gritty reality of dependency and pharmaceuticals.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
October 7, 2005
Another of the sensitive adolescent males who infest recent American independent cinema like so many epicene dust mites...
| Original Score: '2/4'
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
October 11, 2005
How many breakthrough films like this can there be? And why do they all preach that being different is OK while being so derivative of one another?
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
October 7, 2005
Thumbs down.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
November 18, 2005
Picking pages from a novel and expecting the selection to make up an engaging and involving screenplay is highly optimistic. It is possibly exciting for actors and the director, but it doesn't work for the audience.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
September 16, 2005
Respectful performances are given by all, with Pucci the standout. But the actors can't escape the confines of the warmed-over, coming-of-age-in-suburbia script.
| Original Score: 2/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
September 16, 2005
The story lets the viewers down by suggesting that Justin's success is somehow tainted because he is taking his prescribed medication.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 16, 2007
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
October 28, 2005
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
September 18, 2005
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 7, 2006

Boston Phoenix
September 24, 2005
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 2, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 8, 2005

Baltimore Sun
October 8, 2005
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Arizona Republic
December 24, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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