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The Tao of Steve Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    70

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Staff [Not Credited]

    This quirky, winning sleeper from first-time director Jenniphr Goodman has its pokey moments, but it's no insult to say that it is as pleasantly easygoing as its slacker hero.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    One of the things I like about the movie is the wit of its dialogue, the way sentences and conversations coil with confidence up to a conclusion that is totally unexpected.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    It's a tiny, sunny character study about a fat guy who's an unlikely chick magnet. And as such it's a pip.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Sweet, funny romantic comedy for mature audiences.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has drug use and a lot of drinking and smoking. Dex has an affair with a married woman, the wife of a good friend. Although the resolution of the movie has Dex becoming more mature, the movie makes immaturity (to the point of hedonism) seem very appealing. Dex cites St. Augustine's famous, "Lord make me chaste -- but not yet." Although it is clear that Dex's behavior does not make him very happy or proud of himself and it hurts the woman he seduces, teen-agers may come away with the same conclusion.

  • Families can talk about why Dex went from the brilliant and promising student his classmates remember to a philosophy that "doing stuff is overrated." Talk about his quote: "the sage, because he never does anything, never ruins anything," and ask whether that is possible. Why is it that Dex's behavior does not make him happy, and why doesn't he change? What is he afraid of? Why does he feel differently about Syd? Why does she put up with him? Is Dex right when he says that romance is our national religion?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: One punch.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Many sexual references and situations.

  • language false3

    Language: Strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Character smokes pot daily, drinks and smokes a lot.

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