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That Thing You Do! Reviews

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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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.
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
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
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Sweet nothing, then, but what would you expect of a rock movie devoted to the drummer?
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Hanks's debut feature, written and directed with delightful good cheer, is rock-and-roll nostalgia presented as pure fizz.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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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.
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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.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 1, 2000
...a movie that, like many a pop tune, has a cute idea but a simpleminded lyric.
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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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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
...a larky but observant comedy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Hanks has good "Thing" going.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Hanks evokes astonishingly precise memories of the time.
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
In the end, the movie simply clicks. It is a class act all the way.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
That Thing You Do! is a credible first effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Entertainment Weekly
October 4, 1996
Full Review | Original Score: A-