User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 31
  2. Negative: 3 out of 31
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Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Bob Westal
    80
    Benefits from a goofy yet incisive sense of humor and some extremely strong performances.
  2. Thumbsucker is a head-scratcher. It's well directed and acted. Yet the story has little emotional pull.
  3. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    70
    Thumbsucker (like "Donnie Darko") is more likely to prosper in the long haul as a home-format cult fave than in its initial arthouse tour. Both offer eccentric humor within a fairly somber overall tone, support-cast surprises, and (to a lesser degree in Thumbsucker) fable-like, hyperreal elements.