Transamerica Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 17, 2006
The acting can be so-so, the story implausible, the camerawork stolid -- none of that really matters if you care about what happens to the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 91/100
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews
February 4, 2006
Huffman and Zegers make Transamerica a road trip worth taking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
February 4, 2006
Writer-director Duncan Tucker does little to develop his narrative setup beyond the basic and obvious, and his film begins to feel more like an exercise than a fully realized story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
February 3, 2006
Defies expectations on nearly every level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
February 2, 2006
The film itself is never quite as complex or daring a work of the imagination as [Huffman's] performance.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 2, 2006
It's funny in spots, touching in others and uniformly life-affirming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
February 2, 2006
You could call her desperate. She might even agree.
| Original Score: B
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 2, 2006
It's rare to encounter a performance so complete that you forget about the actor playing the role, but that's what happens with Felicity Huffman in Transamerica.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 2, 2006
Huffman's performance redeems parts of the movie but, until the final 30 minutes, Transamerica too often feels like a journey to nowhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rebecca Murray
About.com
January 29, 2006
This is a surprisingly heartwarming movie and one of those rare films that leaves you wanting more.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
January 27, 2006
Tucker's patchy road movie takes the dysfunctional family to the outer limits of the Twilight Zone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 27, 2006
Transamerica is a routine road-trip comedy-drama with a twist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
January 27, 2006
A 'B-' film with an 'A+' leading performance ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
January 27, 2006
A studio could have made the same movie if Huffman had been playing a mother rather than a father; writer-director Duncan Tucker has begun with a new idea and then made it as old-hat as possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
January 27, 2006
if you think Huffman seems desperate in Desperate Housewives, think again.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
January 27, 2006
Begins as a cult 'transgender' film, then undergoes emergency reassignment surgery to become a mainstream adventure in parent-child 'closure.'
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 27, 2006
Not very exciting, but unexpected humor adds a couple of nice touches to this dysfunctional family/gender-bender/road trip movie.
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
January 26, 2006
The film succeeds on the goodwill of the performances and the message, which make up for the relatively simplistic story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 26, 2006
Tucker toes the line between indie raggedness and studio-produced sheen. His script and tone carry the jagged edges of a personal story, with characters that seem to possess a free will beyond studio formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
January 26, 2006
There's a reason Felicity Huffman's lead performance is the only element of Transamerica that's getting any awards play: Nothing else about the film is especially noteworthy.
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