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Thumbsucker Reviews

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 7, 2012
Mills, a former music video director, writes and directs with subtle clarity, bringing a refreshing sensibility to the archetypical tale in which a displaced teen comes of age in a confusing and banal environment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
October 31, 2010
Many films portray teens as Frankenstein monsters bolted together by peer pressure and prescription drugs. "Thumbsucker" bests most of them by avoiding fingers wagged in caution and addressing the opportunity costs of adolescence and adulthood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 20, 2010
So unexciting that it almost made me want to suck my thumb or whatever to get over sitting through such a heavy going and dull film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com
February 28, 2008
Everything. Came. Together. Beautifully.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
August 10, 2007
Here, adolescence is a pandemic condition, a metaphor for the endless human struggle to become comfortable in one's own skin, blemishes and all.
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
Bonus points are awarded for the soundtrack by Tim Delaughter and many of his compatriots from the Polyphonic Spree.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
The result is sensitive, intelligent and deeply affecting.
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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 9, 2005
Unlike so many movies in which a character changes in order to propel the plot forward, this one stops to follow up on the consequences of those changes.
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
December 6, 2005
Mills delivers here a rather original first feature, even though it follows the steps of other tales of teenage alienation.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
November 18, 2005
Picking pages from a novel and expecting the selection to make up an engaging and involving screenplay is highly optimistic. It is possibly exciting for actors and the director, but it doesn't work for the audience.
November 1, 2005
Like Justin, Mills struggles to make his point, but even so, this is a tender portrait of teenhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 29, 2005
[Pucci] has an extremely unusual face, which, in addition to bearing a strong resemblance to Tilda Swinton, allows him to carry off both deadpan comedy and serious moments with equal aplomb.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 27, 2005
Its great strength lies in its characters, all of whom are constantly surprising the viewer by not being what they seem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
October 25, 2005
The way Mills gives every character the chance to surprise us turns what could have been just another tale of teen suburban angst into something special.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
October 17, 2005
Thumbsucker has something to say, and (Mike) Mills is tough enough and skilled enough to articulate the raw emotions of troubled youth.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
October 16, 2005
Finding Your Own Inner Animal
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
October 14, 2005
Thumbsucker has plenty of bite.
Angela Baldassarre
Sympatico.ca
October 12, 2005
Odd and tedious
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
October 11, 2005
How many breakthrough films like this can there be? And why do they all preach that being different is OK while being so derivative of one another?
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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 8, 2005
In its own sneaky way, the film cleverly manages to examine the meaning of loneliness while looking at dysfunctional-family dynamics, but without becoming too overwhelming or too heavy-handed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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