Rated PG-13 | Time: 1:32
As popular as young-adult author Judy Blume is — with “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret” and “Superfudge” among her best-sellers — none of her novels has been adapted for the big screen. So “Tiger Eyes” is a first.
Based on her 1981 coming-of-age novel of the same name, it’s about a teenage girl named Davey (Willa Holland) whose father is killed at the family convenience store in Atlantic City, N.J. In the aftermath, Davey, her distraught mother (Amy Jo Johnson) and her younger brother move to Los Alamos, N.M., to stay with well-meaning relatives.
The film was directed by the author’s son, Lawrence Blume. Mother and son also wrote the script.
Here’s what critics are saying:
• Nick Schager, Village Voice: “Treating teenage growing pains with a sensitivity that frequently trips into singer-songwriter-ish mushiness, ‘Tiger Eyes’ nonetheless stands as a respectable first cinematic adaptation of a Judy Blume novel.”
• Eric Kohn, IndieWire: “Lawrence Blume … brings emotional clarity to the story through entirely believable performances and a delicately orchestrated mood that rarely overplays the scenario.”
• Michael Atkinson, Time Out: “Proof we need an alt-MPAA rating system — no one over 13 allowed — this Judy Blume adaptation is merely an insufferable YA lint trap.”
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