Thumbsucker Synopsis
Seventeen-year-old Justin Cobb copes with alienation by sucking his thumb.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Quiet, quirky gem.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Pucci is an actor to watch: He rides this spellbinder without softening the truths that plague the thumbsucker in all of us.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
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...
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
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...
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75

New York Daily News

By Robert Dominguez
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...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie contains many of the usual ingredients of teenage suburban angst tragicomedies, but writer-director Mike Mills, who began with a...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Thumbsucker is a head-scratcher. It's well directed and acted. Yet the story has little emotional pull.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The movie and its theme of self-acceptance has an honesty, undercut by occasional preciousness, that makes it worth seeing.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Pucci proves to be one of the most charismatic male ingenues since Johnny Depp.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Often amusing but lacks the necessary bite.
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Rated R | For drug/alcohol use and sexuality involving teens, language and a disturbing image