Thumbsucker Reviews

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November 24, 2011
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.
November 1, 2005
Like Justin, Mills struggles to make his point, but even so, this is a tender portrait of teenhood.
October 8, 2005
October 7, 2005
A tender but glib coming-of-age journey.
October 7, 2005
So no one would argue that Thumbsucker sucks. But the thing does seem just so indie-movie familiar.
October 1, 2005
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.
September 30, 2005
Brave, funny leap into the abyss of adolescence.
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.
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.
September 23, 2005
Although often amusing, Thumbsucker lacks the necessary bite.
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.
September 22, 2005
A smart, funny, sometimes lovely little film.
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.
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.
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.
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