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Transamerica Reviews

February 2, 2006
It's funny in spots, touching in others and uniformly life-affirming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
January 27, 2006
Transamerica is a routine road-trip comedy-drama with a twist.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 20, 2006
Huffman's performance in Transamerica, as a pre-op male-to-female transsexual coping with the sudden emergence of a long-lost son, is much better than the movie it's in; indeed, she singlehandedly takes Transamerica to a higher plane.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 20, 2006
It's a farce with heart, a meditation on identity, family and gender politics that has real faith in its characters -- even when the characters themselves lack it.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 20, 2006
As Bree, who started her unhappy life as Stanley, the angular Huffman, a fine comedic actress who carried home an Emmy this fall, is a compelling portrait of wounded dignity. She is wholly fascinating and heartbreaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 20, 2006
Huffman makes it a must-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 20, 2006
A generally fun movie that offers a different perspective on, well, a different perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 20, 2006
Tucker never allows transsexualism to degenerate into a gimmick, although the movie sometimes seems to be having difficulty extending its admiration to anyone but Bree and Toby.
Read More | Original Score: B-
January 20, 2006
Felicity Huffman's performance as Bree is striking in much the way Charlize Theron's was in Monster.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 20, 2006
The key to Huffman's performance ... is the way she plays the role with dignity. She likes this man, and so do we.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 19, 2006
With a tough-minded performance from Felicity Huffman and a script from writer and director Duncan Tucker that keeps its eyes on the road, Transamerica goes in for neither broad laughs nor 'we're all the same' speechifying.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 19, 2006
An abrupt but unforgettable movie with rough edges that lend it even more resonance.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 19, 2006
It sometimes suggests a John Waters drag farce trying to go mainstream and sentimental.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 19, 2006
In Transamerica, Felicity Huffman out-Victor/Victorias Julie Andrews in Victor/Victoria.
Read More | Original Score: B+
January 19, 2006
The movie works, and it does work, because Felicity Huffman brings great empathy and tact to her performance as Bree.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 13, 2006
The result of Huffman's and Zegers' fine performances, and Tucker's excellent work, is one of the most thought-provoking and best films of the year.
December 28, 2005
Transamerica provides the frame and the occasion for one of the year's best performances, Felicity Huffman's as a woman trapped in a man's body who's passing for female while awaiting a sex-change operation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 24, 2005
Transamerica travels miles beyond road-movie cliches, chiefly through Huffman's Oscar-worthy acting, but also through the realization that we are all freaks beneath our masks of gender differences and social conventions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 22, 2005
If Tucker's road map often feels a little too confining and the screwball comedy too contrived, he can take credit for introducing viewers to a character they have almost certainly never met before.
December 8, 2005
Felicity Huffman's face is what holds you in Duncan Tucker's delightful Transamerica.
December 7, 2005
Ms. Huffman's greatest acting achievement as Bree is her ultimate unleashing of an intelligence and level-headedness that is truly beyond gender.
December 5, 2005
It's got a lot of humanity and a lot of heart. It's smart.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 2, 2005
Before she was a Desperate Housewife, [Felicity] Huffman turned in this tour de force in what turns out to be a funny, charming, heartfelt road movie about a most unlikely pair.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 2, 2005
Felicity Huffman is such a wonder, at once funny and brave, playing a pre-op male-to-female transsexual in the uneven comedy Transamerica that she sustains several lapses that might otherwise have sunk it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 1, 2005
Transamerica, the feature debut of writer-director Duncan Tucker, never lets us forget that it's a nonmainstream story about a nonmainstream subject, when ideally, it should simply be a story about a person.
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
December 1, 2005
Transamerica, starring Felicity Huffman as a pre-operative transsexual, is touching and sometimes funny, despite its overall air of indie earnestness.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 1, 2005
The best, and perhaps the only, reason to see Duncan Tucker's Transamerica is for Felicity Huffman's touching, shape-shifting performance as Bree, a transgendered man on the verge of surgery to become a woman.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 1, 2005
An awkward yet engrossing first feature from writer-director Duncan Tucker.
December 1, 2005
What keeps Huffman's turn from being mere spectacle is the actor's perceptive compassion for her character.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 30, 2005
[Felicity Huffman] turns this small, resonant film into a cry from the heart.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 30, 2005
For artistry and degree of technical difficulty, this judge awards Felicity Huffman a 10 for her performance in Transamerica. But as with so many elaborate Olympic sports, this judge asks for clarification: What is the point of the exercise?
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 29, 2005
Crudely directed by Duncan Tucker, TransAmerica is part road movie, part comedy, part heartbreaker and part self-indulgent sexual sideshow.
November 29, 2005
Pleasant even without reaching much of a destination.
November 3, 2005
Laugh-out-loud funny, tartly off-color and ultimately touching.
October 7, 2005
It's mildly disappointing.
September 16, 2005
Impressively realized on all levels, this transgender spin on the road trip boasts an extraordinary central performance.