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  • Summary: An honest and funny look at the struggles of people who feel deeply flawed, both those in youth and middle age. They yearn to be anything but their real selves with their real fears and doubts. Instead, they want to be "normal." They look for magic answers to fix themselves – only to realize that they can’t be someone else, that "normal" does not exist, and that their flaws are what make them human and loveable. (Sony Pictures Classics) Expand
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Most disappointing is the ending, which, in projecting the possibility of a saner and more hopeful world, is a bit of a cop-out.
  2. 75
    Pucci is an actor to watch: He rides this spellbinder without softening the truths that plague the thumbsucker in all of us.
  3. 70
    Vince Vaughn in a wonderfully low-key performance.
  4. 70
    It's a familiar story, but Mills and Pucci treat it as if it were the first time anyone had thought to tell it.
  5. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    50
    The parents are the casualties of Mills' misplaced sincerity, which makes Thumbsucker the quintessential misadapted head-scratcher.

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  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15

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