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  • Summary: Bree (Huffman) is a perfectly adjusted conservative transsexual woman. Born Stanley, a genetic male, she's about to tale the final step to becoming the woman Stanley always wanted to be - until she finds out that she is the parent of a long-lost 17 year-old son (Zegers). Afraid to tell theBree (Huffman) is a perfectly adjusted conservative transsexual woman. Born Stanley, a genetic male, she's about to tale the final step to becoming the woman Stanley always wanted to be - until she finds out that she is the parent of a long-lost 17 year-old son (Zegers). Afraid to tell the rebellious teenager the truth, Bree embarks on a journey with him that will challenge and change both their lives and bring them closer to the truth of their connection. (The Weinstein Company / IFC Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. 83
    Until it detours into dysfunctional-family comedy-drama, Transamerica rides cross-country without ever running low on bracing, cactus-spined surprises.
  2. Reviewed by: Joel Stein
    80
    But the most impressive thing is how, a few minutes into the film, you stop noticing Huffman's external transformations and start to focus on the character. Not that the external stuff isn't impressive.
  3. This drama offers a chuckle at every turn.
  4. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    70
    Farce born of sadly irreconcilable impulses: Bravo!
  5. The unintended effect of all the melodramatic complications in Transamerica is, oddly, to distract attention from an understanding of exactly what that courage really costs.
  6. 63
    As much heralded, "edgy" movies go, Transamerica fails to live up to expectations.
  7. By the way, the other thing that keeps Transamerica from being a mainstream movie is its obsession with penises: showing them, talking about them, placing us in bathrooms and trailers when they're in use.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. michaelb.
    Dec 7, 2005
    10
    Huffman gives an incredible performance blending pathos, intelligence and wit perfectly. The script is quite good and the soundtrack is a real plus.
  2. JarodT
    Jan 6, 2006
    10
    Top notch performance by Felicity Huffman... she deserves an oscar!
  3. VickiW.
    Aug 15, 2006
    10
    One of the best films I've ever. Huffman had me convinced she was a man playing a woman - an oscar caliber performance. I loved One of the best films I've ever. Huffman had me convinced she was a man playing a woman - an oscar caliber performance. I loved everything about the film. It was tender, funny, sad, warm and wonderful. I feel superb acting is rare - Huffman proved there are still actresses/actors that are willing to take the risk and throw themselves into a character 150%. Cudos to Huffman and the filmmakers. Not to forget the other actors, they are all great. I don't know who Kevin is, but I'd love to see him in a lot more films. He's wonderful. This film is a rare gem that should not be missed. Expand
  4. PatG.
    Jan 23, 2006
    9
    I went expecting to see a great performance in a ho-hum movie, and turned out to be impressed by the whole thing. Huffman does give a great I went expecting to see a great performance in a ho-hum movie, and turned out to be impressed by the whole thing. Huffman does give a great performance, but the movie is much more than ho-hum. Good script, rich characters and dialogue. It is a first-rate film and I highly recommend it. Expand
  5. Redlight
    Jun 5, 2007
    8
    Just great. its refreshing to see such a serious issue dealt with in a comic way.
  6. BillyS.
    Jan 29, 2006
    8
    Miramax may not be a player in this years Oscar race, but Harvey Weinstein sure will be! With his new Weinstein Company, old Harvey will be Miramax may not be a player in this years Oscar race, but Harvey Weinstein sure will be! With his new Weinstein Company, old Harvey will be front and center working his usual campaign magic. In Transamerica, Felicity Huffman is nothing short of Brilliant in a role thats funny, endearing and completely honest. She elevates this "little" movie to the best road picture since Easy Rider and it's the first performance i've seen that can take the Oscar right out from Reese Witherspoons hands and remind the Academy that Harvey Weinstein is gone from Miramax-but he's still the master! Expand
  7. TomDuck
    Jan 17, 2006
    3
    While I enjoyed Felicity Huffman's very fine performance, one good turn does not make this a recommendable film. The story was aimless While I enjoyed Felicity Huffman's very fine performance, one good turn does not make this a recommendable film. The story was aimless at times and the writing was slipshod. I could see her - and her young male costar - attempting to work around the holes and thin, pat, "aint we a krazy bunch of family!" But overall, I could have just as easily skipped it. Expand

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