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Rated R for drug/alcohol use and sexuality involving teens, language and a disturbing image.

R In Theaters 09/16/2005 , 94min.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
The movie and its theme of self-acceptance has an honesty, undercut by occasional preciousness, that makes it worth seeing. Full Review
Dana Stevens
The New York Times
Mr. Pucci, emerging slowly from behind a stray lock of brown hair, plays Justin's ambiguous transformation with deft understatement. And Mike Mills, who wrote and directed, keeps the film from slipping either into melodrama or facile satire, the two traps into which this genre is most apt to fall. Full Review
David Edelstein
The parents are the casualties of Mills' misplaced sincerity, which makes Thumbsucker the quintessential misadapted head-scratcher. Full Review
Dennis Harvey
Thumbsucker (like "Donnie Darko") is more likely to prosper in the long haul as a home-format cult fave than in its initial arthouse tour. Both offer eccentric humor within a fairly somber overall tone, support-cast surprises, and (to a lesser degree in Thumbsucker) fable-like, hyperreal elements. Full Review
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
A gently stirring symphony about emotional transition filled with lovely musical passages and softly nuanced performances. Full Review

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