• R, 1 hr. 43 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Duncan Tucker
    In Theaters:
    Jan 20, 2006 Limited
    On DVD:
    May 23, 2006
  • Weinstein Company


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Transamerica Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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 Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 91/100

February 17, 2006
David N. Butterworth

Huffman and Zegers make Transamerica a road trip worth taking.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 3/4

February 4, 2006
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

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 Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 4, 2006
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee

Defies expectations on nearly every level.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 3/4

February 3, 2006
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The film itself is never quite as complex or daring a work of the imagination as [Huffman's] performance.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

February 2, 2006
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's funny in spots, touching in others and uniformly life-affirming.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

February 2, 2006
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

You could call her desperate. She might even agree.

| Original Score: B

February 2, 2006
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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 Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 2, 2006
James Berardinelli
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 2, 2006
Rebecca Murray

This is a surprisingly heartwarming movie and one of those rare films that leaves you wanting more.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: B+

January 29, 2006
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

Tucker's patchy road movie takes the dysfunctional family to the outer limits of the Twilight Zone.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly | Original Score: 2/4

January 27, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Transamerica is a routine road-trip comedy-drama with a twist.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

January 27, 2006
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

A 'B-' film with an 'A+' leading performance ...

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

January 27, 2006
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

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 Source: Charlotte Observer | Original Score: 2/4

January 27, 2006
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

if you think Huffman seems desperate in Desperate Housewives, think again.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal | Original Score: B+

January 27, 2006
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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

January 27, 2006
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Not very exciting, but unexpected humor adds a couple of nice touches to this dysfunctional family/gender-bender/road trip movie.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

January 27, 2006
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

The film succeeds on the goodwill of the performances and the message, which make up for the relatively simplistic story.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 26, 2006
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

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 Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

January 26, 2006
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

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.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly

January 26, 2006
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