The Tic Code
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Actress Polly Draper, best known for her role on the TV series thirtysomething, wrote and co-produced this family drama, as well as playing the female lead. Draper plays Laura, a single mother whose ten-year-old son Miles (Christopher Marquette) is already displaying a remarkable gift as a jazz pianist. However, Miles suffers from a mild case Tourette's Syndrome, a disorder that's not life threatening but causes victims to display a series of pronounced physical and facial tics, as well as occasional emotional outbursts. Miles makes friends with two bartenders at a jazz club, who let… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Starts out self-consciously but gets better as it goes along, winding up as affecting as it is illuminating."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Raising it above the usual clichés are the superb jazz music and a sparkling script by lead actress Polly Draper."
‑ Hannah Brown, New York Post
"Egrossing, entertaining, and thoroughly conventional."
‑ Jaime N. Christley, Apollo Guide
"An afterschool special in all but name."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Ultimately, it's Wolff who saves the day by supplying the challenging music that sets the tone for Hines and Marquette's soul-searching."
‑ , E! Online
"The Tic Code works better as a sociological study than as a gripping drama. And during this summer of our discontent, that may be recommendation enough."
‑ John Petrakis, Chicago Tribune
"It's got more genuine-seeming feelings and a more accurate take on its particular corner of the world than a colosseum of summer blockbusters."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"While far from terrible, The Tic Code ultimately lacks the sophistication that separates a feature-length film from a TV movie-of-the-week."
‑ Leah Beth Reisman, Citysearch
"What makes the film engaging are the performances ... appealing secondary characters ... and occasional interventions into its soap operatic formula."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, Philadelphia City Paper
"A fairly satisfying small-scale drama with some fine musical sidelights."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Ms. Draper's taut, self-effacing, extremely quiet performance is the best thing about the movie."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"This is the loving accomplishment of The Tic Code, to open a door onto the deepest kind of understanding."
‑ Tom Keogh, Film.com
"The Tic Code is as cute as Tyrone and Miles' spasms, as rote as the melismatic instrumentals that turn up in the movie's nightclubs."
‑ Wesley Morris, San Francisco Examiner
"A cut above most."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
"This is a film of marvelous performances."
‑ Pam Grady, Reel.com
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