Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. 75
    Like a Canadian "Six Feet Under," the indie dramedy Whole New Thing mixes characters (teen and adult, gay and straight, married and single) who seem both completely plausible and capable of anything.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Interestingly, the real heart of the film is in the finely drawn adult characters.
  3. 75
    Develops its story slowly and carefully, nearly always opting for the plausible over the sensational.
  4. More satisfying than not, and it plays out credibly.
  5. This movie is a more conventional, but also more believable, exploration of the potential cost of thumbing your nose at society.
  6. Reviewed by: Albert Williams
    The film features subtle, honest performances by Daniel MacIvor (who also cowrote the screenplay) as the perplexed prof and engaging newcomer Aaron Webber as the sensitive student.
  7. Slight Canadian coming-of-age drama.
  8. 50
    Whole New Thing comes unglued toward the end, spiraling into melodrama without ever escaping its whiny, indie-rock soundtrack.
  9. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    "Thing" suffers the familiar curse of Canadian seriocomedy -- just nice enough in content and stylistically like a telepic.
  10. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    The one lesson learned from watching this film is that Canadians can make movies just as badly as anyone else.
  11. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Half-new at most, this "Running With Scissors"–type tale of a precocious, effeminate teen who gets hot for teacher while prepping for a life in the arts isn't evidently autobiographical. Neither is it funny--or poignant or insightful or remotely worth one's time.
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  1. JayH.
    Aug 22, 2008
    Simply made and very well written and acted. The direction by Amnon Buchbinder is very sensitive and quite well handled. I liked the score a lot, it fit the film well. Touchingly made. Full Review »