Transamerica - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Transamerica Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 27, 2006
Transamerica is a routine road-trip comedy-drama with a twist.
| Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
February 2, 2006
Huffman's performance redeems parts of the movie but, until the final 30 minutes, Transamerica too often feels like a journey to nowhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
February 25, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
Lifetime through Sundance
Chris Barsanti
December 1, 2005
a crushingly dull film which practically hides Huffman's breakthrough performance behind a wall of Indie Screenwriting 101 clichés.
| Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
December 6, 2005
Transamerica is To Wong Foo but with a pre-op tranny protagonist and a strained parent-child dynamic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 2, 2005
It yanks at the heartstrings too much to qualify as an edgy comedy-drama, but it's far too bawdy to make it to the Hallmark Channel.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jim Emerson
October 7, 2005
It's mildly disappointing.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 1, 2005
[Felicity Huffman's] complex portrayal sometimes doesn't fit the film's broad, sitcom-style humor and thinly drawn supporting characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 22, 2005
Huffman goes all out... but writer/director Duncan Tucker plunks her down in the middle of a fairly average and ultimately routine road picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
October 30, 2005
Issues of gender differrence are employed only to reinforce less original dilemmas -- family dysfunction, dating woes and (eek) meeting the grandparents.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 27, 2006
Not very exciting, but unexpected humor adds a couple of nice touches to this dysfunctional family/gender-bender/road trip movie.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 4, 2006
Too clumsily handled to mean much.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 19, 2006
It sometimes suggests a John Waters drag farce trying to go mainstream and sentimental.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 20, 2006
It's all a little too cute and pat to be believable, and Tucker can't resist showing us everything he has learned about transsexuals in between the embarrassing moments and odd encounters.
| Original Score: 2/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
January 27, 2006
Tucker's patchy road movie takes the dysfunctional family to the outer limits of the Twilight Zone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
January 27, 2006
Begins as a cult 'transgender' film, then undergoes emergency reassignment surgery to become a mainstream adventure in parent-child 'closure.'
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
January 21, 2006
There's a terrific performance here by Huffman, and an interesting premise. But for me, the script didn't ring true.
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
December 1, 2005
TransAmerica is a road movie with a transexual twist, but it pretty much leaves it at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
January 20, 2006
Everything about the movie feels gimmicky, including Huffman's mannered performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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