83

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
Directed by Blume's son Lawrence, this gentle drama based on Blume's 1981 novel works surprisingly well considering the numerous trappings of the material, while demonstrating exactly why it's so difficult to bring Blume's work to the screen.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The result is an uncommon intimacy, the kind you find in a Judy Blume novel. Her grit and grace are all over this heartfelt adventure of a movie. She gives it a spirit that soars.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
A gentle, honest and shrewdly realized film such as Tiger Eyes, based on the 1981 Judy Blume novel, shouldn't have to fight for a moviegoer's attention or an exhibitor's screens. But it's worth seeking out.
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70

Variety

For a certain type of contemplative teen girl, its sensitive handling of heavy material will surely prove affecting, though the picture sometimes veers too far to the sleepy end of low-key.
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70

Village Voice

By Nick Schager
An engaging (if somewhat slender) portrait of the violence of adolescent maturation.
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63

New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
Time has robbed Blume’s subjects of shock value, but her perceptiveness hasn’t dimmed. The movie’s sincerity carries it along, and makes this story endearing despite its filmmaking clichés.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
There are no surprises among the characters — depressed mom (Amy Jo Johnson), controlling aunt (Cynthia Stevenson), new boyfriend (Tatanka Means) — but the cast is strong enough to build on familiar elements.
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60

Los Angeles Times

By Sheri Linden
The movie, though uneven, benefits from a strong sense of place and an exceptionally well-cast lead.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Justin Lowe
Davey’s tortuous emotional distress, while generically relatable, seems more appropriate to a younger teen rather than a young woman who’s practically a college freshman. This curious disjunction impacts the performances as well, which are adequate but rarely persuasive.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Jessica Shaw
Best to forget the movie version exists and keep your happy childhood memories intact.
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56 out of 100
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