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Based on 34 Reviews
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  • 90
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    McTeer and Brown make magic ina film that is wonderfully funny, touching and vital. show more

  • 75
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    Bound by mother-daughter ties that are complex, touching, ultimately so powerful they yield the kind of tearful joy rarely experienced at the movies. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    No, it isn't the slick and unfocused "Anywhere but Here," where mom and daughter choose Beverly Hills. Instead, it's the more modest and in most cases preferable Tumbleweeds. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    What keeps these mother-daughter tumbleweeds from drifting right out of consciousness is the unique rapport between the actresses. show more

  • 80
    Kevin Maynard Mr. Showbiz

    Though similar thematically to "Anywhere But Here," Tumbleweeds is a breath of fresh air that busts the cliches of dysfunctional mother-daughter sagas. show more

  • 88
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    You'll care what happens in this film with more than enough freshness and originality to avoid succumbing to girls-on-the-run cliches. show more

  • 88
    Ann Hornaday Baltimore Sun

    McTeer delivers a messily cheerful performance as a woman who thinks nothing of brushing her teeth with beer. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Movies like Tumbleweeds exist in the details, not the outcome. Even a happy ending, we suspect, would be temporary. We don't mind, since the characters have been intriguing to know and easy to care about. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    This smart, hardscrabble, very likable film has a heart and spirit all its own: a rollicking, earthy flair and lusty intelligence. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The story is as rambling as the characters, but superb acting by McTeer and Brown goes a long way toward redeeming it. show more

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