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Tadpole Reviews

August 22, 2002
A small, charming indie.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 21, 2002
In every respect, director Gary Winick has served up a delectable, entertaining film.
July 27, 2002
The top-notch cast brings the story to life with aplomb.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 26, 2002
One of the smartest, most affecting movies of the year.
July 26, 2002
A funny, fearless, poignant, spectacular performance.
July 26, 2002
[D]emonstrate a certain affinity for the intimate observation of moral waywardness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 26, 2002
Tadpole will delight audiences for its comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 26, 2002
A low-budget affair, Tadpole was shot on digital video, and the images often look smeary and blurry, to the point of distraction. Then again, in a better movie, you might not have noticed.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 26, 2002
Tadpole is emblematic of the witless ageism afflicting films: Young is cool, and too young is too cool.
Read More | Original Score: C-
July 26, 2002
Most folks with a real stake in the American sexual landscape will find it either moderately amusing or just plain irrelevant.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
July 26, 2002
A movie that gets by on charm even when it's tippytoeing in taboo territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 26, 2002
Although it's short, Tadpole has a long-lasting effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 26, 2002
Tadpole was written in wisps and watery double-entendres by Heather McGowan and Niels Mueller, and the movie is so benign that its proceedings are beside the point.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 26, 2002
Tadpole is smart and sophisticated entertainment, whatever its shortcomings, and it deserves to be encouraged.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 26, 2002
The film has other problems than credibility. It ends with unseemly haste, it underlines its points too obviously, and its camera moves when it should be still.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 25, 2002
It's fun, wispy, wise and surprisingly inoffensive for a film about a teen in love with his stepmom.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 25, 2002
Neither funny nor moving enough to compare to Rushmore, Murmur of the Heart or any of the other better movies on which it's modeled.
July 25, 2002
In the hands of most other actors, Oscar would come off as a pretentious prig. Stanford makes him seem pathetically, comically, charmingly real.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 25, 2002
A wannabe comedy of manners about a brainy prep-school kid with a Mrs. Robinson complex founders on its own preciousness -- and squanders its beautiful women.
July 25, 2002
Tadpole would be a surprise hit with any audience anywhere that still cares about character development, good acting, careful, literate scriptwriting and stylish filmmaking on a shoestring.
July 25, 2002
On this tricky topic, Tadpole is very much a step in the right direction, with its blend of frankness, civility and compassion.
July 25, 2002
Seems precious when it means to be precocious, and pretentious when it can least afford to be.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 25, 2002
Weaver and Neuwirth are the sparks in this film, as they project a maternal sexiness and sincerity that's entirely believable.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 22, 2002
At times it's like an erudite version of a horny teen fantasy flick. But I am recommending Tadpole for its whimsical feel, its tart wit and the many fine performances, most notably from young Aaron Stanford.
July 19, 2002
Tadpole is an irreverent and witty comedy in which the events aren't predictable but are well paced.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 19, 2002
A sparkling cosmopolitan comedy that plays fast and loose with sacred cows of family values.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 19, 2002
An indie triumph.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
July 18, 2002
Shot in just two weeks with a hand-held digital camera, the movie often looks frayed around the edges. Yet it has a soulful heart and a clear grasp of its rarefied milieu.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 18, 2002
Tadpole is a sophisticated, funny and good-natured treat, slight but a pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 18, 2002
The surprise of this short and inexpensively made indie (originally shot on digital video) is its authority and good cheer.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 16, 2002
[Stanford] deftly switches between Oscar's self-assigned roles -- the charming raconteur for Eve, the aloof aesthete for everyone else -- while Neuwirth radiates a saucy, infectious giddiness.
July 9, 2002
Tadpole may be small, but it's something special -- a cheeky comedy knockout.