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Based on 31 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 90
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Tadpole may be small, but it's something special -- a cheeky comedy knockout. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Witty, adult treatment of an offbeat subject: a pubescent boy's infatuation with an older woman. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    An irreverent and witty comedy in which the events aren't predictable but are well paced. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Stanford and Neuwirth are performers of such nuance that a mere glimpse of his body language and her bawdy language speak volumes about the difference between love and sex, the ideal and the real. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Armed with a witty script, Winick and the actors so confidently ply the Oedipal waters that the comedy seems sweetly chaste. show more

  • 100
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Short and sweet, small and smart, Tadpole is the oasis in the desert of dopey summer blockbusters - an uproarious, sophisticated coming-of-age comedy so flawlessly written, acted and directed it seems practically miraculous. show more

  • 88
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    Has nearly perfect pitch. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Oscar's life has the potential to become a Greek tragedy, but Winick keeps things light enough that it resolutely stays a comedy. show more

  • 75
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Neuwirth vamps up a storm: She's like some silent-screen hellion sending lust rays out of bemused eyes. show more

  • 63
    Loren King Chicago Tribune

    But as likable as it is, Tadpole is hardly a maturing woman's revenge movie, but another male fantasy -- that of the sexually nurturing mother figure. If only all coming-of-age sexual experiences could be as healthy and wholesome. show more

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