Transamerica Reviews

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September 26, 2017
... ultimately, it is about the primacy of family and friends, and how decency begets decency.
September 28, 2006
Around [Felicity Huffman's] bold performance shelter cardboard cut-outs.
April 1, 2006
February 24, 2006
It's a very likeable film. With a big heart, good intentions and a sharp eye for social absurdities, it can hardly be anything else.
February 4, 2006
Writer-director Duncan Tucker does little to develop his narrative setup beyond the basic and obvious, and his film begins to feel more like an exercise than a fully realized story.
February 2, 2006
It's funny in spots, touching in others and uniformly life-affirming.
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.
January 27, 2006
Transamerica is a routine road-trip comedy-drama with a twist.
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.
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.
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.
January 20, 2006
Huffman makes it a must-see.
January 20, 2006
A generally fun movie that offers a different perspective on, well, a different perspective.
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.
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.
January 20, 2006
Felicity Huffman's performance as Bree is striking in much the way Charlize Theron's was in Monster.
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.
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.
January 19, 2006
An abrupt but unforgettable movie with rough edges that lend it even more resonance.
January 19, 2006
It sometimes suggests a John Waters drag farce trying to go mainstream and sentimental.
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