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The plot realistically mimics a teenager’s adriftness and tendency toward hairpin-turn mood shifts as it bounds from the wonderfully affecting to the decidedly idiosyncratic to the occasionally absurd.
"...lives and dies by a viewer’s own idiosyncrasies, and Thumbsucker found my soft spots for sure. Based on Walter..."

Oct. 7, 2005 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Rocket Science
On the surface, Rocket Science is yet another quirky high school movie, but its story of a stutterer who's enticed into joining the debate team is special in its own way.
"...touch of Napoleon Dynamite, and a healthy dose of Thumbsucker. But, like quirky teenagers themselves, quirky teenage movies have..."

Aug. 24, 2007 Movie Review by Toddy Burton

Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor play father and son in this lovely drama about what happens to both after the older man discovers near the end of his life that he's gay.
" director and the filmmaker behind the very fine Thumbsucker) – and Beginners has a wonderfully collagist feel with..."

June 24, 2011 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

This Is What Mourning Looks Like
Beginners sits shivah, postmodern-style and with profound humor and heart
"...Sonic Youth, as well as his 2005 feature-length debut, Thumbsucker – you turn to structuralism, a branch of postmodern..."

June 24, 2011 Screens Feature by Melanie Haupt

Record review

Nov. 4, 2005 Music Review by Melanie Haupt

DVDanger: Spring
Benson and Moorhead on Drafthouse Film's genre bender
"...Spring stars Lou Taylor Pucci (Thumbsucker, Evil Dead) as Evan, a guy on a fast..."

June 2, 2015 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Walter Kirn Revisits 'Up in the Air'
On Clooney's star turn and how to wield a Blackberry in bed
"...question about Mike Mills' adaptation of his 1999 book Thumbsucker (on the ego-free set: "It was like college theatre..."

April 20, 2012 Books Post by Kimberley Jones

So Fab
New Fiction Confab snags Ben Marcus, Heidi Julavits, and more
"...Walter Kirn is well-known for comic novels such as Thumbsucker and Up in the Air; he’ll also be the..."

March 28, 2012 Books Post by Kimberley Jones

Film Flam
Fest news, Alamo expands, script to screen, + 'Hunger' game
"...a whole heapage of Oscar noms. (Previously, Kirn's novel Thumbsucker also went from page to screen under the stewardship..."

March 26, 2012 Screens Post by Kimberley Jones

SXSW Announces Films
Miike, mumblecore faves and more than your screen can hold
"...Thumbsucker director Mike Mills teams with Ewan McGregor for Beginners,..."

Feb. 2, 2011 SXSW Post by Richard Whittaker

Daily reviews and interviews
"...the categorical differences between our lives. Acclaimed music-video and Thumbsucker director Mike Mills accentuates those differences in his simple..."

March 16, 2007 Screens Feature by Darcie Stevens

A Full Dance Card
Back in Austin after eight days in the land of mountains and Mormons at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, it's hard to distill the experience into any one verity. The combination of dozens of movies and the oxygen-poor altitude create memories that seem more impressionistic than precise.
"...the Oscar-nominated Naomi Watts, or the much-anticipated coming-of-age movie Thumbsucker, starring Tilda Swinton, Vincent D'Onofrio, Keanu Reeves, Benjamin Bratt,..."

Feb. 4, 2005 Screens Feature by Marjorie Baumgarten

A Candle for Arnold
The Statesman's Coverage of the Lacresha Murray case
"...campaign contributions mean fewer choices"), while sitting-in for resident Sunday-Thumbsucker Rich Oppel. First demonstrating his willful ignorance of the..."

Aug. 31, 2001 News Column by Michael King

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