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  • Summary: A 10-year-old piano prodigy, against the wishes of his instructor, dreams of becoming a jazz pianist. This interest leads him to find a mentor in a famous jazz sax player who bonds with the boy because of their shared interest in jazz and because they each suffer from Tourette's Syndrome.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    90
    Director Gary Winick ("Sweet Nothing") ingeniously complements Draper's layered approach by modulating the film's energy in fascinating ways.
  2. Starts out self-consciously but gets better as it goes along, winding up as affecting as it is illuminating.
  3. 75
    Sounds bleak, but turns out to be an absorbing and lively film.
  4. I value the flawed Tic Code over a good many relatively flawless features because it has more heart, more life, and more spunk.
  5. An honest, plainspoken and unsentimental movie.
  6. 60
    A sympathetic but conventional disease-of-the-week movie.
  7. Like most movies that examine specific ailments, this gawky, occasionally touching film has the feel of a dramatized case history whose purpose is to educate as much as it is to tell a story.

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