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Gavin O'Connor directed, co-wrote and plays a major supporting role in this drama about a mother and daughter coming to terms with each other's problems. In Tumbleweeds, Janet McTeer plays Mary Jo Walker, a single mother with a long string of bad marriages and a habit of hitting the road when things start to turn sour. Her 12-year-old daughter Ava (Kimberly J. Brown) has learned to live with her Mom's nomadic ways and comfortably slips into the pattern of each new town. At the film's outset, Mary Jo and Ava depart Missouri for San Diego, California, with Mary Jo falling for a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The characters have been intriguing to know and easy to care about."
‑ Roger Ebert, At the Movies
"This smart, hardscrabble, very likable film has a heart and spirit all its own."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"A mother-daughter flick that is filled with satisfying surprises and two very fine performances."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The screen chemistry between McTeer and Brown, conveying a fierce attachment to one another in the face of life's uncertainty, that is really thrilling to watch."
‑ Dave White, IFilm
"When the film is as lovingly put together as this funny and heartwarming one is, it is one to be savored."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Tumbleweeds impresses with its freshly considered action and total avoidance of the stale and routine."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Touching look at tough mom-daughter relationship."
‑ Teresa Talerico, Common Sense Media
"[McTeer] radiates openness, optimism, and sensuality; she captures the casual, easy-going exterior and the pain and insecurity and weariness underneath, too."
‑ Arthur Lazere, culturevulture.net
"It's the two leads, however, who truly make the film, with their incredible chemistry and infectious energy."
‑ Sandra Ramani, Citysearch
"Someone tell me please--what is the point of this film?"
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
"One of the most magical movie moments of the year."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A keenly observed chronicle of a single mother at the crossroads of self-realization, Gavin O'Connor's debut features a wonderful, Oscar-caliber performance from British Janet McTeer."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The perfect showcase for McTeer."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Your enjoyment of the film will entirely depend on just how irritating you find McTeer's Mary Jo."
‑ David N. Butterworth, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"A handful of insightful scenes can't stop this slight movie from tumbling into the realm of soap opera."
‑ Todd Anthony, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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