Thumbsucker Reviews

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June 5, 2019
Sublimely honest insight into the complexities of life
April 25, 2019
Although Mill's debut is occasionally flawed, there is much to admire.
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.
November 24, 2011
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.
February 28, 2008
Everything. Came. Together. Beautifully.
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.
June 21, 2007
Bonus points are awarded for the soundtrack by Tim Delaughter and many of his compatriots from the Polyphonic Spree.
April 20, 2007
March 1, 2007
The result is sensitive, intelligent and deeply affecting.
May 12, 2006
April 1, 2006
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.
December 6, 2005
December 6, 2005
Mills delivers here a rather original first feature, even though it follows the steps of other tales of teenage alienation.
November 1, 2005
Like Justin, Mills struggles to make his point, but even so, this is a tender portrait of teenhood.
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.
October 27, 2005
Its great strength lies in its characters, all of whom are constantly surprising the viewer by not being what they seem.
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.
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.
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