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Winnie Foster longs for a life outside the control of her domineering mother. She happens upon Jess Tuck when she gets lost in the woods near her home. Tuck and his family are kind and generous, and take her in as one of their own. The Tucks hold a secret, and they fear that the world as they know it could end. Winnie must make a big decision.
Drama Fantasy - A rather slow story most of the time. It's mostly a lighthearted
story of young love, but it has several long scenes of intense
drama. There's almost no action or humor so it's only for those who
enjoy human dramas.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Very Good "Charming and thought-provoking, this is the kind of
movie with the sweetness necessary to appeal to younger (although not too young)
viewers and the philosophical richness to draw in veteran movie-goers.''
Review Average "The movie is too impressed with its own solemn insights to
work up much entertainment value; is too much fable to be convincing as life; is
awkward in the way it tries to convince us Winnie's in danger when we're pretty
sure she's not.''
Review Good "Tuck Everlasting is the kind of fare most parents say
they want: well-acted, engrossing stories with excitement, adventure, strong
characters and a thought-provoking plot.''
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Above Average "Majestic performances by its adult stars and a
surprisingly complex one from a young actress best known for TV's
too-cute-by-half Gilmore Girls lift this adaptation of Natalie Babbitt's
classic children's novel past its plot holes and into a state of lightheaded
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
These are some very mixed opinions, which I actually expected. That's why I said in my prediction that it's a slow moving drama. When I saw this movie I thought it was fairly entertaining, but certainly nothing special. Apparently a lot of moviegoers agreed.
These mixed opinions indicate a movie most people enjoyed, at least to some degree, but very few thought it was great. For such mixed opinions there were actually very few negative comments. This indicates that there wasn't really any specific thing in the movie to complain about that made it less enjoyable. It's just an average to slightly above average movie.
I would still recommend "Tuck Everlasting," just not too strongly. I have little doubt that most would find it enjoyable enough. Plus it's a good clean movie fit for the entire family and there are so few of those types of movies nowadays.
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
A rather slow moving human drama that should appeal to those who are entertained by the story rather than the action. The story of young love should interest younger teens and the clean, entertaining story should interest adults.
Winnie Foster (ALEXIS BLEDEL), a
teenage girl on the cusp of maturity, longs for a life outside the control of
her domineering mother (AMY IRVING). When lost in the woods near her home, she
happens upon Jesse Tuck (JONATHAN JACKSON), a boy unlike any she's ever met
before. He and his family (WILLIAM HURT, SISSY SPACEK, SCOTT BAIRSTOW) are kind
and generous, and they immediately take her in as one of their own. However, the
Tucks hold a powerful secret, and with the mysterious Man in the Yellow Suit
(SIR BEN KINGSLEY) tracking them down, they fear that the world as they know it
could end. Ultimately, Winnie must decide whether to return to her life or stay
with her beloved Jesse and his family forever.