The true story of a great American visionary who was thwarted, if not destroyed, by the established order, Tucker represents the sunniest imaginable telling of an at least partly tragic episode in recent history.
The result is a film consistent narratively, confident stylistically and abounce with the quaint quality that animated both the hero and his times, something we used to call pep.
Francis Coppola's stylish and heartfelt tribute to the innovative automobile designer Preston Thomas Tucker turns out to be one of his most personal and successful movies.
| Original Score: 3/4
The cinematic sleight-of-hand parallels the bombast of its hero, but you never get a glimpse of either visionary.
| Original Score: 4/5
Mr. Coppola has done things this fancily before, but never with so clear and moving a sense of purpose.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Tucker came up with a classic, but poor Coppola has turned a great American tragedy into a gas-guzzling human comedy.
Nobody does it better: Pristine images glide past you with the just-waxed brilliance of an assembly line of new Tuckers.
If we're offered a movie named Tucker: The Man and His Dream, we leave feeling cheated if we only get the dream.
| Original Score: 2.5/4