That Thing You Do! - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

That Thing You Do! Reviews

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James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Tom Hanks' writing-directing debut is a sweet valentine to rock 'n' roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
A romantic romp as sweet and bubbly as a Coke float.
Clint Morris
September 19, 2002
Hanks has crafted a highly entertaining film. It's young cast are all superb
| Original Score: 3/5
Leslie Rigoulot
Film Scouts
April 17, 2002
The rise of the Wonders is fun to watch, doesn't require a lot of probing analysis, and should make a great date movie, especially for Boomers.
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
November 16, 2001
Though Hanks doesn't serve up much context, he's solid with details, and the Wonders' performances ring truer than most.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
...a brightly entertaining blend of humor and heartbreak about four fresh-faced guys in a band from Erie, Pa.
Jim Judy
Screen It!
March 21, 2001
...nearly everything has incredible, subtle depth and this just make the movie that much more enjoyable.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
passable entertainment, but still trite and superficial
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Leaving audiences feeling good is very much, and very successfully, on its mind.
Janet Branagan
Apollo Guide
February 14, 2001
Hanks or no Hanks this gem of a movie is definitely worth the time.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
Scott Renshaw
Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
January 1, 2000
The strange thing is that even though Hanks bungles the big moments, he does so many things right with the small moments that it is easy to walk away with a smile.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
That Thing You Do! is a credible first effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Without hauling in a lot of deep meanings, it remembers with great warmth a time and a place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Keogh
January 1, 2000
Hanks evokes astonishingly precise memories of the time.
Kevin Courrier
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
Light and peppy, this filmmaking debut by Tom Hanks is as harmless as a puppy dog waiting to be petted.

E! Online
January 1, 2000
In this story about the rise and fall of a pre-Beatles rock band--written by, directed by and starring Hanks--his true colors shine.
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Rock on, Hanks.

Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
In short, this is a lightweight but utterly loveable affair which proves Hanks is as assured behind the camera as in front of it.
Madeleine Williams
January 1, 2000
...the film has a contagiously exuberant atmosphere, and you'll most likely leave the theater happily humming the title tune.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
It's concerned with a very general notion of the corrupting nature of stardom, and it doesn't push any of its ideas far enough to invite its audience to invest in the issues it raises.
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