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The first film by Duncan Tucker, Transamerica stars Felicity Huffman as a pre-operative transsexual named Bree (whose given name was Stanley). One week before going under the knife, Bree learns that she fathered a boy who is now 17 and is in trouble with the law. Bree would like to ignore this information, but is forced to meet the young man, Toby (played by Kevin Zegers), by her analyst Margaret (Elizabeth Peña), who will not allow the surgery to happen unless Bree meets him and confronts this aspect of her past. Upon meeting, the son believes that Bree is simply a do-gooder. She buys a car… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

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"It's funny in spots, touching in others and uniformly life-affirming."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Huffman's performance in Transamerica, as a pre-op male-to-female transsexual coping with the sudden emergence of a long-lost son, is much better than the movie it's in; indeed, she singlehandedly takes Transamerica to a higher plane."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Huffman's performance is the reason to see this sensitive, and sometimes touching drama. Paul Chambers, CNN."
‑ Paul Chambers, CNNRadio
"Comfort food for a comfortable audience, with the TV-familiar Huffman reassuring viewers that she's really a real woman underneath that unflattering make-up."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"La sorprendente composición de Felicity Huffman es el principal atractivo de esta road movie agridulce."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"Huffman's performance redeems parts of the movie but, until the final 30 minutes, Transamerica too often feels like a journey to nowhere."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"It's a farce with heart, a meditation on identity, family and gender politics that has real faith in its characters -- even when the characters themselves lack it."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Lifetime through Sundance"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A big part of the movie's success is Huffman's irresistible and remarkable performance as Bree, a character we identify with rather than feel alienated by."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
"(Huffman's) performance is one of those rare pieces of acting that actually deserves to be labeled a tour de force."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Transamerica is a routine road-trip comedy-drama with a twist."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"As Bree, who started her unhappy life as Stanley, the angular Huffman, a fine comedic actress who carried home an Emmy this fall, is a compelling portrait of wounded dignity. She is wholly fascinating and heartbreaking."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Tucker's screenplay is sharp but also sensitive, so the ample good humour never drifts into high camp (apart from the scenes with Bree's mother - and SHE is straight)."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"A well-tuned vehicle."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Huffman gives it her all, transforming her physicality and her voice and revealing a character whose lifetime of pain and heartache is present in every gesture."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
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