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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 100
    Short and sweet, small and smart, Tadpole is the oasis in the desert of dopey summer blockbusters - an uproarious, sophisticated coming-of-age comedy so flawlessly written, acted and directed it seems practically miraculous.
  2. 90
    Tadpole may be small, but it's something special -- a cheeky comedy knockout.
  3. 88
    Has nearly perfect pitch.
  4. Neuwirth vamps up a storm: She's like some silent-screen hellion sending lust rays out of bemused eyes.
  5. 70
    Though sloppily structured and sometimes dangerously flimsy (not to mention truncated at a mere 78 minutes), Tadpole has an unforced charm that compensates for the absence of more traditional cinematic virtues.
  6. 63
    But as likable as it is, Tadpole is hardly a maturing woman's revenge movie, but another male fantasy -- that of the sexually nurturing mother figure. If only all coming-of-age sexual experiences could be as healthy and wholesome.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    40
    This is, alas, one weary ride--77 minutes that sometimes feel like that many hours.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9