That Thing You Do!
1996, Drama/Comedy, 1h 50m59 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings
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A light, sweet, and thoroughly entertaining debut for director Tom Hanks, That Thing You Do! makes up in charm what it lacks in complexity. Read critic reviews
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Guy "Skitch" "Shades" Patterson
T. B. Player
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Critic Reviews for That Thing You Do!
The chief wonder of this rock 'n' roll cast is Tom Everett Scott, whose easy charisma, dreamy smile and undersurface intelligence should shoot him up the acting charts like a bullet.October 4, 2016 | Full Review…
Quote not available.September 7, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Though Hanks keeps the satirical and critical aspects of this look at show biz fairly light, there's a lot of conviction and savvy behind the steadiness of his gaze.December 17, 2007 | Full Review…
First-time writer/director Tom Hanks stays about a half-beat ahead of the cliches with rim shots of boyish enthusiasm and deft comedy. The movie's also buoyed by the title song, whose Beatles sound is infectious enough to merit a real hit.December 17, 2007 | Full Review…
A sweet, likeable tale of the quick rise to fame and then demise of a small town band. Set in 1964, Hanks' film offers a sanitized, Gump-ish look at a mythical period when boys were boys and girls were girls, with no references to the sex-drug subcultureJanuary 3, 2007 | Rating: B
Sweet nothing, then, but what would you expect of a rock movie devoted to the drummer?June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Audience Reviews for That Thing You Do!
Nov 12, 2014Finger-snapping, head-bopping fun! Tom Everett Scott is effortlessly cool with his ugly-sexy mug, and Liv Tyler is luminous and effervescent. Steve Zahn looks suave and uncharacteristically the most grown up of the bunch. The O-nedders. Hyuk.Alice S Super Reviewer
Apr 15, 2012Really great movie with a lot of great storytelling and character. So many up and coming talent and Hanks really shows a skill for directing and screenwriting. I didn't expect to like this film so much and I can't express how much I liked this film, something with heart doesn't come along that often.Brendan N Super Reviewer
Dec 06, 2011Rarely is it the case when a movie's soundtrack is more popular than the movie itself, but this is one of them. Even with that said though, even if the music were nothing special you'd still have a pretty darn entertaining film- simple, earnest and full of wit and likable charactersTedd P Super Reviewer
Sep 20, 2010I can't explain why I enjoy this movie so much. Yet it seems every time it is on TV, and it is on quite often, I always enjoy watching as much of it as I can, no matter which scene I happen to catch. There are only a few movies that do this to me. It must just be a reflection of me. Let's pretend it is due to an unhealthy appreciation of Steve Zahn, and leave it at that. But even so, this a fun fun toe tapping good romp of a time! ! Doesn't hurt that it is chock full of fantastic actors, too. :)Cynthia S Super Reviewer