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An artist with Tourette's syndrome and an aversion to romance falls for his best friend's girl in this sometimes comic drama. Lyle Maze (Rob Morrow), a successful painter who's also starting to explore sculpture, relies on emotional armor a foot thick to protect him from other people. In addition to suffering from uncontrollable physical tics and loud outbursts, Lyle is also prone to obsessive-compulsive disorder. Afraid that his artistic gifts and his disease spring from the same well, he eschews the well-meaning advice of his doctor pal, Mike (Craig Sheffer), and refuses to try… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In the end, you just feel good about these people, and that's a nice sensation these days."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Morrow illuminates all the challenges facing the individual coping with Tourette syndrome while showing that Lyle is much more than the sum of his afflictions."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"A movie that both Oprah and Hallmark would be proud to stamp with their seal of approval."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"There's a by-the-numbers inevitability to every scene, and it never clicks into place to be anything special."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Morrow paints a realistic, poignant and hopeful story that will leave you dry-eyed but quite touched."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"[A] tangled, tortured mess."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Shows promise as a first feature ... but overall it feels a little too safe, a little too careful."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"What drains the movie is that Lyle is such a sweet, noble, suffering soul that he simply sponges our interest into banality."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Morrow the actor tries too hard (Morrow will rob Oscar blind!), but he's a stylish director with a steady hand and a shaky eye."
‑ Robert Wilonsky, New Times
"Although segregating anyone with disruptive twitches makes little sense, it is equally absurd to suggest their actions are so normal as to go unnoticed."
‑ Susan Green, Boxoffice Magazine
"The best kind of independent filmmaking to shame the somnolent mainstream."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"An effective love triangle has to involve real conflict. This one doesn't."
‑ Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle
"Linney's finely calibrated, low-key performance as Callie goes a long way towards making it more interesting than it might otherwise be."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"While his performance doesn't exactly measure up to Robin Tunney's turn in Niagara, Niagara, Morrow's clever direction is enough to warrant a trip to the theatre."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"The main plot line ... is pretty weak."
‑ Christopher Null,
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