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Thumbsucker Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 7, 2005
A tender but glib coming-of-age journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
October 7, 2005
Thumbsucker is a minor-key but satisfying dramedy about a high school misfit who takes solace in his, well, thumb.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
October 7, 2005
Thumbs down.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
October 7, 2005
'Quirky' doesn't begin to describe this eccentric and funny dip into the bizarro-world psyche of adolescence, marked by neck-breaking turns of character in teenagers and adults alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kevin Williamson
Jam! Movies
October 7, 2005
It's hardly a profound insight, but the film is well-executed and well-acted and therefore recommended, thumbs and all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 7, 2005
So no one would argue that Thumbsucker sucks. But the thing does seem just so indie-movie familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
October 7, 2005
Given a little less angst and little more insight by director Mike Mills, Thumbsucker would warrant a thumbs up.
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 7, 2005
Mike Mills applies a candy-colored viewpoint to Walter Kirn's novel of teen angst.
| Original Score: 2/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
October 7, 2005
Another of the sensitive adolescent males who infest recent American independent cinema like so many epicene dust mites...
| Original Score: '2/4'
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
October 7, 2005
A slow, deliberative but interesting trip into our overstimulated and overmedicated society through the eyes of a teenage slacker who can't stop sucking his thumb.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 7, 2005
...displays a light hand and great taste in music
| Original Score: B
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
October 7, 2005
Thumbsucker proves to be less about breaking new ground than about telling an oft-told story well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 6, 2005
By keeping his ambitions in check, Mills may not have reached something profound, but he's done one better: He's reached something real.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
October 6, 2005
It's a great title. It screams "Look at me! I'm quirky!" But the movie has no substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
October 6, 2005
Fittingly, each character has, if not a story to tell, then a story arc, and with it a chance to change, to heal and to come of age.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 6, 2005
Has all the structure and focus of a study-hall notebook-paper doodle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
October 6, 2005
Thumbsucker continues the tiresome trend of medicated-teen, clueless-adults dramas that are currently flooding the market.

Oregonian
September 30, 2005
As it stands, the film is perhaps a tad low-key to catch the eye, but it's carefully enough made and, especially, acted, to keep a hold on the brain and heart long after it's over.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 30, 2005
Mills, who hails from the world of music videos and TV commercials, has surrounded Pucci with a superlative group of actors, all of whom are in tune with his quiet, low-key approach to humor.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
September 30, 2005
Brave, funny leap into the abyss of adolescence.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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