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Thumbsucker Reviews

November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
October 8, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 7, 2005
A tender but glib coming-of-age journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
October 1, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 30, 2005
Brave, funny leap into the abyss of adolescence.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 30, 2005
Mills makes his debut in impressive fashion, which means he finds a nice tone with which to take us on this familiar but ultimately rewarding ride.
Read More | Original Score: B
September 29, 2005
A gently stirring symphony about emotional transition filled with lovely musical passages and softly nuanced performances.
September 29, 2005
Quiet, quirky gem.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 23, 2005
Although often amusing, Thumbsucker lacks the necessary bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 23, 2005
Mills, working from a novel by Walter Kirn, brings some unusual touches to a film that could easily have become a standard indie coming-of-age tale.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 22, 2005
A smart, funny, sometimes lovely little film.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 22, 2005
I have focused on Justin, but really the movie is equally about the adult characters, who all seem to have lacked adequate parenting themselves. We talk about the tragedy of children giving birth to children; maybe that can happen at any age.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 20, 2005
The movie never reaches much of a dramatic climax, but there are many surprises on the way to nowhere, and Mills's refusal to rush brings out the humor and the hidden tensions in material.
September 19, 2005
[Vaughn is] playing a different role here and I thought it was a really strong performance.
September 16, 2005
While it isn't a pioneering piece of filmmaking, Thumbsucker travels a familiar path in an engaging way, bolstered by a heady cast and smart, unsparing writing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 16, 2005
Respectful performances are given by all, with Pucci the standout. But the actors can't escape the confines of the warmed-over, coming-of-age-in-suburbia script.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 16, 2005
A quirky coming-of-age tale where just about every character is going through some sort of change.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 16, 2005
The quintessential misadapted head-scratcher.
September 15, 2005
Thumbsucker aims high but swerves too frequently between the engaging and the credibility-defying to be satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 15, 2005
Mike Mills's feature-film debut manages to show how calamitous and out of control (and also how thrilling) growing up odd and ordinary can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 15, 2005
In adapting Walter Kirn's novel, Mills has made a thoughtful study of our collective search for magic pills and other panaceas.
September 15, 2005
Thumbsucker boasts a strong character arc, some nice performances, and an understated message about the overprescribing of drugs to American youths.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 14, 2005
The film isn't nearly as witty as its source.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 13, 2005
Endearing and well-acted.
September 9, 2005
Pucci is an actor to watch: He rides this spellbinder without softening the truths that plague the thumbsucker in all of us.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 9, 2005
One can see the sequel now: Bed Wetter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 19, 2005
Other than moments here and there, drama is sorely lacking.
June 18, 2005
What at first looks like a standard if well-crafted tour through familiar coming-of-age territory takes some interesting detours.