80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This debut feature left me in a state of movie euphoria. Who could have guessed that such a discomfiting premise would blossom into a deadpan-hilarious and yet deeply affecting story about a singular glitch in the human condition?
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
Impressively realized on all levels, this transgender spin on the road trip boasts an extraordinary central performance.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Transamerica provides the frame and the occasion for one of the year's best performances, Felicity Huffman's as a woman trapped in a man's body who's passing for female while awaiting a sex-change operation.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It's debatable whether watching Huffman get dressed, take hormones, and learn to use a more feminine diction could sustain an entire movie, but the character is certainly a creation more original than a lot of the film itself.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
This drama offers a chuckle at every turn.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's a farce with heart, a meditation on identity, family and gender politics that has real faith in its characters - even when the characters themselves lack it.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
What Felicity Huffman brings to Bree is the newness of a Jane Austen heroine. She has been waiting a long time to be an ingenue, and what an irony that she must begin as a mother.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The movie's soul is with Huffman. Speaking in a low voice, her posture as stiff as her vocabulary, her eyes a pool of sadness and hope, she turns this small, resonant film into a cry from the heart.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The unintended effect of all the melodramatic complications in Transamerica is, oddly, to distract attention from an understanding of exactly what that courage really costs.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Huffman is a woman playing a man playing a woman, which is easily the year's most complicated turn. She does a fine, nuanced job in bringing to life a character that could have become a caricature.
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66 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.