Pumpkin Reviews

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November 4, 2002
Though Harris is affecting at times, he cannot overcome the sense that Pumpkin is a mere plot pawn for two directors with far less endearing disabilities.
August 16, 2002
This is the sort of Pumpkin that really deserves to be smashed.
August 7, 2002
By presenting an impossible romance in an impossible world, Pumpkin dares us to say why either is impossible -- which forces us to confront what's possible and what we might do to make it so.
August 2, 2002
Though Pumpkin extends its jaundiced joke too far, it's almost worth it for Ricci's final scene, which tells us everything we need to know about what will become of her.
July 26, 2002
Weird. Rewarding.
Top Critic
July 25, 2002
If you believe any of this, I can make you a real deal on leftover Enron stock that will double in value a week from Friday.
July 19, 2002
[T]hose same extremes prevent us from taking its message seriously, and the Stepford Wives mentality doesn't work in a modern context.
July 11, 2002
Instead of putting an easy-to-swallow candy coating on a touchy subject, Pumpkin searches for beauty in ugliness and quality in imperfection.
July 11, 2002
For all its many flaws, Pumpkin has some worthwhile ideas and funny moments, and its whacked-out heart is in the right place.
July 9, 2002
Although I often found it hysterically funny, I was never quite sure if I was laughing at it or with it.
July 9, 2002
Remember: These are two hours of your life you'll never get back.
July 9, 2002
[A] rather thinly-conceived movie.
July 9, 2002
Relentlessly, and sometimes brilliantly, it forces us to decide what we really think, how permissive our taste really is, how far a black comedy can go before it goes too far.
July 5, 2002
The results are perversely watchable, as much for the movie's evasions as the controversial issues with which it toys. Often, it just seems carelessly smug.
July 4, 2002
The majority of the film is original and engaging, and Christina Ricci turns in another fine performance. This pair of assets alone is worth the price of admission.
July 2, 2002
Pumpkin sits in a patch somewhere between mirthless Todd Solondzian satire and callow student film.
July 1, 2002
I wish it would have just gone more over-the-top instead of trying to have it both ways.
June 28, 2002
An opportunity missed.
June 28, 2002
Pumpkin will no doubt make many people uncomfortable -- but its full frontal assault on political correctness had me in stitches.
June 28, 2002
Pumpkin means to be an outrageous dark satire on fraternity life, but its ambitions far exceed the abilities of writer Adam Larson Broder and his co-director, Tony R. Abrams, in their feature debut.
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