The Tic Code Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
The Tic Code is as cute as Tyrone and Miles' spasms, as rote as the melismatic instrumentals that turn up in the movie's nightclubs.
Leah Beth Reisman
Citysearch
January 1, 2000
While far from terrible, The Tic Code ultimately lacks the sophistication that separates a feature-length film from a TV movie-of-the-week.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 1, 2000
An afterschool special in all but name.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
January 1, 2000
For me, it's just a little too restrained, with too many false notes.
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 21, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 1, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
December 4, 2007
| Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
September 10, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Ms. Draper's taut, self-effacing, extremely quiet performance is the best thing about the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
January 1, 2000
The Tic Code is the summer's surprise gift, a loving and humane film that rises above the season's overhyped blockbusters like a flower poking up through the concrete.
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
A fairly satisfying small-scale drama with some fine musical sidelights.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
January 1, 2000
Delightfully unsentimental, yet uplifting, and while spinning its wholly credible tale gives its audience quite a bit of knowledge and understanding about kids, an unusual disease, and the universe of jazz musicians.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Jaime N. Christley
Apollo Guide
March 22, 2001
Egrossing, entertaining, and thoroughly conventional.
Full Review | Original Score: 71/100
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
January 1, 2000
This is the loving accomplishment of The Tic Code, to open a door onto the deepest kind of understanding.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
The Tic Code is badly lit and at times, awkwardly inspirational, yet there's real feeling in it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Amy Taubin
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
A sympathetic but conventional disease-of-the-week movie.
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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
The Tic Code works better as a sociological study than as a gripping drama. And during this summer of our discontent, that may be recommendation enough.
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
If it seems to have the ingredients of an after-school special, the performances take it to another level. Gut level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gary Giddins
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
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Ken Eisner
Variety
March 26, 2009
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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