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In its keenly observed account of a woman perched at the crossroads of life and self-realization, Tumbleweeds crystallizes the manifold impressive talents of Gavin O'Connor. Culling his narrative from the dusty backwaters of the working-class South, O'Connor delivers characters nuanced with frailty and defiance and a tone that ricochets between savagery, humor, and compassion. As in that memorable road movie Thelma and Louise, what results is a beautiful, offbeat romance about two individuals discovering sisterhood and the path to self-definition. Notching up yet-another ex-husband,… 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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