Thumbsucker (2005)

Dubbed "the King Kong of oral obsessives" by his hippie dentist, Justin Cobb is a 16-year-old desperate to find a way to break this embarrassing habit he has retained since infancy. His father, a former football star, tries to… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 16, 2005
DVD Release Date: January 24, 2006
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though quirky coming-of-age themes are common in indie films, this one boasts a smart script and a great cast.

Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture

Unlike so many movies in which a character changes in order to propel the plot forward, this one stops to follow up on the consequences of those changes.

Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

Mills, a former music video director, writes and directs with subtle clarity, bringing a refreshing sensibility to the archetypical tale in which a displaced teen comes of age in a confusing and banal environment.

Brandon Fibbs

Everything. Came. Together. Beautifully.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A tender but glib coming-of-age journey.

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Nick Rogers

Many films portray teens as Frankenstein monsters bolted together by peer pressure and prescription drugs. "Thumbsucker" bests most of them by avoiding fingers wagged in caution and addressing the opportunity costs of adolescence and adulthood.

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

Here, adolescence is a pandemic condition, a metaphor for the endless human struggle to become comfortable in one's own skin, blemishes and all.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

So no one would argue that Thumbsucker sucks. But the thing does seem just so indie-movie familiar.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

So unexciting that it almost made me want to suck my thumb or whatever to get over sitting through such a heavy going and dull film.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

Bonus points are awarded for the soundtrack by Tim Delaughter and many of his compatriots from the Polyphonic Spree.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Jonathan Hutchings
Nowhere near as good as Mike Mills' follow up, Beginners, but Thumbsucker definitely plants the seeds of a budding auteur
Coxxie Mild Sauce
i like to get high and have blindfolded sex with my new girlfriend.
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"You are not alone. You are not afraid. You don't need your thumb, and your thumb doesn't need you."</i> Justin throws… More
Chris Weber
This is a very quirky and odd film. It deals with the awkwardness of growing up (as many films do), but I like the way it is approached, and especially how it… More
Jim Hunter
A young man, who occasionally still sucks his thumb, navigates adolescence, occasionally finding solace in a new love, an ADD diagnosis, and success in debate… More
Rubia Carolina
I wasn't expecting anythig of this movie, so it was a good surprise. I wouldn't say it's great, but it's quite nice and it has a great… More