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.
| Original Score: 91/100
Huffman and Zegers make Transamerica a road trip worth taking.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Defies expectations on nearly every level.
The film itself is never quite as complex or daring a work of the imagination as [Huffman's] performance.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It's funny in spots, touching in others and uniformly life-affirming.
You could call her desperate. She might even agree.
| Original Score: B
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Huffman's performance redeems parts of the movie but, until the final 30 minutes, Transamerica too often feels like a journey to nowhere.
This is a surprisingly heartwarming movie and one of those rare films that leaves you wanting more.
| Original Score: B+
Tucker's patchy road movie takes the dysfunctional family to the outer limits of the Twilight Zone.
| Original Score: 2/4
Transamerica is a routine road-trip comedy-drama with a twist.
| Original Score: 3/5
A 'B-' film with an 'A+' leading performance ...
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.
if you think Huffman seems desperate in Desperate Housewives, think again.
Begins as a cult 'transgender' film, then undergoes emergency reassignment surgery to become a mainstream adventure in parent-child 'closure.'
Not very exciting, but unexpected humor adds a couple of nice touches to this dysfunctional family/gender-bender/road trip movie.
The film succeeds on the goodwill of the performances and the message, which make up for the relatively simplistic story.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
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.