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That Thing You Do! Reviews

October 4, 2016
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.
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 17, 2007
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
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.
January 3, 2007
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 subculture
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 24, 2006
Sweet nothing, then, but what would you expect of a rock movie devoted to the drummer?
May 20, 2003
Mr. Hanks's debut feature, written and directed with delightful good cheer, is rock-and-roll nostalgia presented as pure fizz.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 16, 2001
Though Hanks doesn't serve up much context, he's solid with details, and the Wonders' performances ring truer than most.
May 12, 2001
...a brightly entertaining blend of humor and heartbreak about four fresh-faced guys in a band from Erie, Pa.
February 14, 2001
Leaving audiences feeling good is very much, and very successfully, on its mind.
January 1, 2000
...a movie that, like many a pop tune, has a cute idea but a simpleminded lyric.
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
January 1, 2000
...a larky but observant comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Hanks has good "Thing" going.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Hanks evokes astonishingly precise memories of the time.
January 1, 2000
In the end, the movie simply clicks. It is a class act all the way.
January 1, 2000
It's a pleasant little film with a big profile, thanks to Tom Hanks, who wrote and directed and gave himself a plum role as the band's hard-nosed manager.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
That Thing You Do! is a credible first effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 4, 1996
Full Review | Original Score: A-