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Based on 33 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Pucci is an actor to watch: He rides this spellbinder without softening the truths that plague the thumbsucker in all of us. show more

  • 50
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Often amusing but lacks the necessary bite. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The movie and its theme of self-acceptance has an honesty, undercut by occasional preciousness, that makes it worth seeing. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Quiet, quirky gem. show more

  • 75
    Robert Dominguez New York Daily News

    It's Pucci - who's already won a couple of acting prizes on the festival circuit, including Sundance - who steals the film with a wonderful performance blending the awkward innocence, vulnerability and pain of being a teen. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Thumbsucker is a head-scratcher. It's well directed and acted. Yet the story has little emotional pull. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie contains many of the usual ingredients of teenage suburban angst tragicomedies, but writer-director Mike Mills, who began with a novel by Walter Kirn, uses actors who can riff. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    It's not a great movie, or one that should preoccupy you much afterwards, but it's certainly a good one. It's a fine debut for first-timer Mills. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    A perfectly cast Keanu Reeves pokes deadpan fun at himself in the role of Justin's New Age dentist, who hypnotizes the kid and encourages him to find his inner ''power animal.'' And Vince Vaughn, in a rare straight turn, is excellent as Justin's high school teacher. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Thumbsucker is true to its nature, and that makes Justin's eventual transformation all the more rewarding. show more

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