The Tic Code
The Tic Code (1998)

In this family drama, Laura is a single mother whose ten-year-old son Miles is already displaying a remarkable gift as a jazz pianist. However, Miles suffers from a mild case Tourette's Syndrome. Miles meets acclaimed jazz saxophonist… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 21, 2003
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though the story is conventional, it's nonetheless sympathetic and credible.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Starts out self-consciously but gets better as it goes along, winding up as affecting as it is illuminating.

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Hannah Brown
New York Post

Raising it above the usual clichés are the superb jazz music and a sparkling script by lead actress Polly Draper.

Jaime N. Christley
Apollo Guide

Egrossing, entertaining, and thoroughly conventional.

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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune

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.

Jay Carr
Boston Globe

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.

Leah Beth Reisman

While far from terrible, The Tic Code ultimately lacks the sophistication that separates a feature-length film from a TV movie-of-the-week.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Ms. Draper's taut, self-effacing, extremely quiet performance is the best thing about the movie.

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Tom Keogh

This is the loving accomplishment of The Tic Code, to open a door onto the deepest kind of understanding.

Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Intelligent, uplifting story. Great acting. Realistic portrayal of Tourettes Syndrome by a very talented young actor. Great music. All around nice movie....good… More