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  • Summary: After Davey's father is killed in a hold-up, she and her mother and younger brother visit relatives in New Mexico. Here Davey is befriended by a young man who helps her find the strength to carry on and conquer her fears.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jun 6, 2013
    83
    Directed by Blume's son Lawrence, this gentle drama based on Blume's 1981 novel works surprisingly well considering the numerous trappings of the material, while demonstrating exactly why it's so difficult to bring Blume's work to the screen.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jun 6, 2013
    75
    A gentle, honest and shrewdly realized film such as Tiger Eyes, based on the 1981 Judy Blume novel, shouldn't have to fight for a moviegoer's attention or an exhibitor's screens. But it's worth seeking out.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jun 6, 2013
    75
    The result is an uncommon intimacy, the kind you find in a Judy Blume novel. Her grit and grace are all over this heartfelt adventure of a movie. She gives it a spirit that soars.
  4. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Jun 6, 2013
    60
    The movie, though uneven, benefits from a strong sense of place and an exceptionally well-cast lead.
  5. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Jun 6, 2013
    60
    Davey’s tortuous emotional distress, while generically relatable, seems more appropriate to a younger teen rather than a young woman who’s practically a college freshman. This curious disjunction impacts the performances as well, which are adequate but rarely persuasive.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jun 6, 2013
    60
    There are no surprises among the characters — depressed mom (Amy Jo Johnson), controlling aunt (Cynthia Stevenson), new boyfriend (Tatanka Means) — but the cast is strong enough to build on familiar elements.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Jun 4, 2013
    20
    This pubescent navel-gazer has only its star Holland (Brian De Palma’s stepdaughter) to recommend it, not for her acting but only for her undeniable corn-fed–Emmanuelle Béart looks.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jun 17, 2014
    10
    The film is an examination into how precious life really can be. A young girl (Willa Holland, who anchors the film remarkably well) is thrust into a difficult world upon the sudden and violent death of her father. Tiger Eyes is a gentle and honest film, with a strong supporting cast, including the singer and actress Amy Jo Johnson. She is great as a Davey's mother in her nearly catatonic state of depression. Expand

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