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Tuck Everlasting

Tuck Everlasting (2002)



Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 117
Fresh: 71 | Rotten: 46

Though slow-moving, Tuck Everlasting raises big issues and explores them with sensitivity.


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 12

Though slow-moving, Tuck Everlasting raises big issues and explores them with sensitivity.



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Natalie Babbitt's award winning book for children comes to the screen in a lavish adaptation from Walt Disney Pictures. Winnie Foster (Alexis Bledel) is a girl in her early teens growing up in the small rural town of Winesap in 1914. Winnie's parents (Victor Garber and Amy Irving) are loving but overprotective, and Winnie longs for a life of greater freedom and adventure. One day, while exploring the nearby woods, Winnie gets lost, but she has the good fortune to happen upon the Tuck Family, who

Nov 15, 2005


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All Critics (125) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (71) | Rotten (46) | DVD (21)

Harks back to a time when movies had more to do with imagination than market research.

November 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Those with the patience to submit to its low-energy charms may find their time well spent.

October 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Associated Press
Associated Press
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Any movie that signals the menace of a potential lynching by zooming its camera through the loop of a gallows noose cannot claim subtlety, but director Jay Russell never lets the swirling emotions of Tuck become too drippy.

October 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Bledel and Jonathan Jackson's gorge-side canoodling drifts dangerously close to Blue Lagoon territory.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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A successful merger of the whimsical and the weird.

October 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Its weighty themes are too grave for youngsters, but the story is too steeped in fairy tales and other childish things to appeal much to teenagers.

October 11, 2002
Washington Post
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Lovely version of the favorite middle-school book.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A really good and thought provoking film on life and true romance.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The entire production bears a certain medicinal scent; it may be good for you, but it's not exactly tasty.

December 30, 2008 Full Review Source:

There is no life in the story, and what could be a thoughtful rumination on mortality offers only pat Disneyfied lessons.

September 6, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

Lambent, wholesome youth film, nothing short of magical, wherein a cosseted, cloistered lass escapes from her perennial confines of parental stuffiness .

July 10, 2003 Full Review Source:

A great-looking film with beautiful scenery and some fine actors, but it lacks a good third act.

April 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

With much to be enchanted by while you're watching and some worthwhile questions to think about afterwards, Tuck Everlasting is rewarding old-fashioned entertainment.

March 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Attractively filmed and pleasantly conceived, it ventures too far into sentimentality, and not far enough into its fascinating life versus immortality subject matter.

March 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

At one point, Winnie says to Jesse that she 'wishes this moment could last forever.' I thought the movie was going to last forever.

February 22, 2003
Movie Metropolis

Despite its sad feel, and the fact that it drags almost to a standstill in the middle, it's quite beautiful visually and features fine performances by Bledel, Jackson, and the others.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

A movie that the less charitable might describe as a castrated cross between Highlander and Lolita.

November 20, 2002
Creative Loafing

In the end, Tuck Everlasting falls victim to that everlasting conundrum experienced by every human who ever lived: too much to do, too little time to do it in.

October 30, 2002
Matt's Movie Reviews

That rare movie that works on any number of levels -- as a film of magic and whimsy for children, a heartfelt romance for teenagers and a compelling argument about death, both pro and con, for adults.

October 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

Sure to make teenage girls giddy, their mom's cry and their father's smile.

October 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

[The kind of] story that stays with kids, becomes more meaningful to them as grownups.

October 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

"Tuck Everlasting" is a rare thing: not only a family film but a film about a young woman.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Roanoke Times (Virginia)
Roanoke Times (Virginia)

Don't be put off by people who may tell you this is a children's story. There are universal themes here that are not limited by age.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

...the film itself kind of lags behind on the same dirt trails over and over again, looking around at all the pretty sights without actually going towards them to investigate.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source:

There is a moment in the film when the narrator states that sometimes an hour can seem to last forever - how right she wazzzzzzzzzzz...

October 20, 2002 Full Review Source: KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
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Audience Reviews for Tuck Everlasting

When Alexis is dancing for Jesse it looks like he's masturbating. I'm serious, watch it again.
April 29, 2011

Super Reviewer

Good version of the classic tale, well cast.
December 8, 2010
jay nixon

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'loosely' based on the children's book...I've come to adore.

So, it's different...granted. But still really interesting. Philosophical...even.
May 17, 2008
    1. Jesse Tuck: [to Winnie] I will love you till the day I die!
    – Submitted by Lucas B (15 months ago)
    1. Angus Tuck: Don't be afraid of death Winnie, be afraid of the un-lived life.
    – Submitted by MarieBella C (19 months ago)
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