September 22, 2005
they really like you


"Reeves is delightful in a part that surely doesn't echo his own Zen-space-cadet offscreen image by mere coincidence. (Hearing him shrug "I was lost in a cloud of hippie psychobabble" is one of many deadpan highlights here.)" - Variety (Sundance)

"Justin Cobb (Lou Pucci) is seventeen and still sucking his thumb. It's hell on his school and sex life. His guru orthodontist (Keanu Reeves in a hilarious cameo) clouds the issue with "hippie psychobabble." But when Justin is medicated for his attention-deficit disorder, the numbnut becomes a narcissist who leads the debating team to victory. The change shocks his coach (a terrific Vince Vaughn) and his parents (Tilda Swinton and Vincent D'Onofrio), who turn out to be just as screwed up as Justin. Debuting writer-director Mike Mills -- remember the name -- brings heart and sting to Walter Kirn's novel. Pucci is an actor to watch: He rides this spellbinder without softening the truths that plague the thumbsucker in all of us."-Rolling Stone

"In the world of the goofy yet salient, Vince Vaughn, Benjamin Bratt, and especially Keanu Reeves all bring welcome humor and varying shades of strangeness."

"Mike Mills doesn't suck And neither does his new film, Thumbsucker - I was amazed with the time it took to instill its characters with huma nism and compassion and draw great performances out of stars like a hilarious New Age-damaged Keanu Reeves, frumpy mom Tilda Swinton, and newcomer lead Lou Pucci. Dude goes from finger-licking nerdy to meds-enhanced overachiever and back." -SF Bay Guardian

"'Thumbsucker' works, in part due to the strength of Lou Pucci's superb lead performance and, in part, because however derivative the movie may be, none of its predecessors featured Keanu Reeves playing a Zen dentist who possesses the answers to life's Big Questions. That those answers change three or four times during the movie shows that Mills possesses a knowing sense of humor about his subject, and that Reeves continues to fashion a solid career parodying his dudeness." - Los Angeles Daily News

"the weirdly Zen Dr. Perry Lyman" - Netflix

"pitch-perfect deadpan styling" -

"Dr. Perry Lyman, tries hypnotherapy, urging Justin to invoke his "power animal" - a deer in the forest, as it turns out - for help in casting out his organic pacifier. As played by Keanu Reeves in a nicely self-parodic turn, pensive stoner Lyman isn't a quack; indeed, if Freud was onto anything in attributing oral fixation, and the catastrophic dentistry that goes with it, to bad parenting, then every orthodontist should cross-train as a shrink."-Village Voice

"But perhaps the biggest revelation is Reeves. So often derided for his laconic personality, and outside of the first Matrix movie, totally wasted by Hollywood, he makes a triumphant return to his indie roots with tongue planted firmly in cheek. Lyman's a great character - over the course of the movie, he goes through nearly as big an evolution as Justin does. Reeves, sending up that laidback persona that made him famous, is simply hilarious."-

-all exerpts from reviews found at, where Thumbsucker currently has a 65% "freshness rating".

Also, Moviephone has another clip up where you can see part of Keanu's wonderful performance.

cinema , media spot | from inside the mind of krix at September 22, 2005 01:02 PM .

Yes Krix, they are all really loving him. It's so good to read all good reviews about his performance in Thumbsucker. I just read USA Today review and it's one more that praises him. :)

Posted by: Ale on September 22, 2005 09:12 PM

I do hope TS will be made more widely available soon,
not only for Keanu's sake, but for the whole thing.

Posted by: Niobe on September 23, 2005 02:12 AM


love the reviews. they really, really love him! yah think? ;)

looking forward to seeing this movie.

Posted by: jeanna on September 23, 2005 08:26 AM

I was hoping he would get some kind of recognition in Toronto, but I guess they don't give awards for supporting cast? He loves that fesival so much IMO it would have meant a lot to him!

Posted by: Chianti on September 23, 2005 08:38 AM

yeah, it looks to be a (again!) great film.

hope to see it soon! *wink*

Posted by: vika on September 23, 2005 12:39 PM

geez... i wonder if keanu ever gets tired of being described as "zen-like" or "weirdly zen" or the ever popular "zen space cadet." i know i am. that aside, i'm absolutely THRILLED that he's getting such positive press and i can't wait to see this movie!

Posted by: casluvskeanu on September 27, 2005 03:12 PM
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