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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Hanks works like a sketch artist feeling his way before attempting a large canvas. His material is slight, but his writing and directing have an unforced humor and an unhurried grace that suggest he may be a natural. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The picture... is well- made and entertaining, but it holds a special interest in what it says about Hanks. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Thing's opening hour is fast-paced, though not fast enough to obscure the reality that "American Graffiti" and "Diner" had sharper writing and certainly more psychological depth. [04 Oct 1996, Pg.01.D] show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie may be inconsequential, but in some ways that's a strength. Without hauling in a lot of deep meanings, it remembers with great warmth a time and a place. show more

  • 75
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    It's as sunny as you would expect a Hanks project to be. show more

  • 75
    TV Guide

    It's so bright (even when it means to be serious) and bubbly that it seems mean to point out that it isn't really about anything -- except how cool sharkskin suits and Capri pants are. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Although Hanks' film starts out strong, it finishes on shaky ground... A serio-comedy/fantasy whose light dramatic arc can't support the awkward and unnecessarily melodramatic ending. show more

  • 80
    Empire

    This is a lightweight but utterly loveable affair which proves Hanks is as assured behind the camera as in front of it. show more

  • 78
    Austin Chronicle

    In his first effort at directing a feature film, Hanks chooses his material wisely and writes it with witty, beguiling charm. show more

  • 91
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    That Thing You Do! is neither overly sentimental nor overly cynical. It looks at the invention of our pop-rock mythology, and the bands that fed it until they were consumed by it, just as you'd expect Tom Hanks to: with open eyes (and a raised eyebrow). show more

  • March 07, 2012 mnkorianne13
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    I adore this movie! Good clean fun and a soundtrack that will just make you happy.

  • August 08, 2008 dictater907
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    just good clean fun , what a ride!!

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