That Thing You Do! - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

That Thing You Do! Reviews

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January 1, 2000
...is a pleasant film perfect for a brain-dead matinee.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
January 1, 2000
...a movie that, like many a pop tune, has a cute idea but a simpleminded lyric.
February 27, 2001
passable entertainment, but still trite and superficial
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
It's concerned with a very general notion of the corrupting nature of stardom, and it doesn't push any of its ideas far enough to invite its audience to invest in the issues it raises.
August 3, 2020
Hanks' fable is still as endearing as it was decades ago. It's a perfect feelgood movie. [Full review in Spanish].
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
In this story about the rise and fall of a pre-Beatles rock band--written by, directed by and starring Hanks--his true colors shine.
May 10, 2009
Whereas Dances With Wolves was an epic cultural tract, That Thing You Do! is a piece of entertaining bubblegum which, like its director, making his feature directorial debut, is high on charm and style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 25, 2018
Hanks gives us a rocking musical film for the ages in That Thing You Do!
April 17, 2016
It's absolutely impossible not to smile when "The Wonders" hear their song on the radio for the first time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Without hauling in a lot of deep meanings, it remembers with great warmth a time and a place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
That Thing You Do! is a credible first effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 8, 2010
A movie as catchy and likable as the title song.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 7, 2002
Tom Hanks' writing-directing debut is a sweet valentine to rock 'n' roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 19, 2002
Hanks has crafted a highly entertaining film. It's young cast are all superb
| Original Score: 3/5
December 18, 2010
Sweet, sleepy take on flash-in-the-pan '60s band.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 17, 2007
Though Hanks keeps the satirical and critical aspects of this look at show biz fairly light, there's a lot of conviction and savvy behind the steadiness of his gaze.
March 29, 2013
Tom Hanks directorial effort is a decent film overall, but nothing that would ever inspire to re-visit again and again with fondness.
January 1, 2000
Hanks' film is about how all good things come to an end. The important thing is to enjoy it all while it lasts.
June 24, 2006
Sweet nothing, then, but what would you expect of a rock movie devoted to the drummer?
January 1, 2000
It may be too happy and sweet for the cynical crowd, sort of a "have a nice day" movie, but if feel good films are your fancy it would be hard to go wrong with this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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