Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: C.W. Nevius
    100
    Perhaps the best teen date movie ever set in the year 1914, "Tuck" represents a brave leap against the tide. No sex, no car crashes and minimal violence. It just might be a hit.
  2. 90
    Tuck Everlasting is a wise and beautiful poem to the idea that the fundamental human tragedy is not death, but the unlived life.
  3. A sweeping romantic fable about love and mortality, targets an audience of girls in their early teens, but has been made with such skill and sensitivity that its appeal spans generations.
  4. 88
    Not a typical Disney family film -- thank god. Charming and thought-provoking, this is the kind of movie with the sweetness necessary to appeal to younger (although not too young) viewers and the philosophical richness to draw in veteran movie-goers.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    83
    A dreamy adaptation of Natalie Babbitt's cherished 1975 children's novel.
  6. 80
    An effective, well-made film that will certainly please its target audience of preteen girls.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    80
    Disney's tradition of intelligent, live-action family period cinema is magnificently revived in Tuck Everlasting.
  8. Best of all, Ben Kingsley as the menacing man in the yellow suit, brings the picture pungently to life every time he flashes his enigmatic smile.
  9. Reviewed by: Keith Cassidy
    75
    The magic of the film lies not in the mysterious spring but in the richness of its performances. The producers have assembled a cast with three Academy Award winners.
  10. Carefully walks the fine line between paying homage to a classic and entertaining a modern audience.
  11. 75
    Solid family entertainment, a handsomely crafted and well-acted new film version of Natalie Babbitt's classic 1975 children's book.
  12. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    Sweet, family-friendly and philosophically complex, Tuck Everlasting is an unexpected delight.
  13. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    These actors offset the modern-day ordinariness of the leads -- Jackson, especially, seems as if he's just driven over from a mall tour -- and so, ultimately, does the exquisite moral dilemma of Tuck Everlasting.
  14. Charming has devolved into almost a pejorative these days, but Tuck Everlasting is the sort of film that could change that.
  15. It's handsomely shot, acted with fervor and reasonably subtle in delivering its message:
  16. Depends on the magical for the inner workings of its story, and that might not suit viewers desirous of more concrete explanations. But, again, the movie seems just right for the viewers it aims to please.
  17. The sentiment smacks of "Titanic" for teens, but that doesn't make it any less valid, or the quietly told coda any less lovely.
  18. Although bright, well-acted and thought-provoking, Tuck Everlasting suffers from a laconic pace and a lack of traditional action.
  19. 60
    Unfortunately, Russell paces the film as if trying to demonstrate what eternity feels like. When the plot begs to move forward, the film keeps lingering over friendly fawns and long walks through the forest.
  20. The acting is occasionally creakily theatrical; as is the script. But some important things come through.
  21. 50
    The movie is too impressed with its own solemn insights to work up much entertainment value; is too much fable to be convincing as life.
  22. Reviewed by: Frank Lovece
    50
    Occasionally marred by purple narration; it's also a mite sloppy in terms of time-passage and geography. Yet its mythic characters feel like genuine, hurting human beings.
  23. 50
    A neo-vampire movie for tender-hearted preadolescent girls who are afraid of sex. If that's your thing, go for it. But there's something genuinely creepy, and not in the good way.
  24. 50
    Rather than sparkle and dance, it plods.
  25. 50
    Director Jay Russell (My Dog Skip) paces everything so slowly, and the story is so devoid of genuine conflict, that this seems to go on for an eternity.
  26. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    40
    Bledel, consigned to corsets and croquet, looks so weepy for much of Tuck Everlasting. The reason might lie in a script that favors the starchy demands of period melodrama over her TV show's fizzy screwball banter -- or maybe it's just William Hurt's embarrassing brogue.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Zack
    May 3, 2007
    7
    The book and the movie are so different.... The struggles of living as a 10 year old and a 17 year old are completely different!!!! In my eyes in the movie Winnioe should have been 10. The book was excellent though. The book gets 10. Full Review »
  2. PhoebeY.
    Jan 9, 2007
    10
    I thought that the movie was pretty good! Their scences of the past seem really real. It kinda followed the writing of the book, but well... not really. Anyways, I really liked it and enjoyed it! Full Review »