Dummy Reviews

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Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com
December 9, 2004
Pritikin may be asking his audience to pay attention and embrace small successes, but with Dummy, he has pulled off a great one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5
Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative
September 30, 2004
Pritikin's movie succeeds...thanks to its spirited, oddball humor and winning performances
| Original Score: 3/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
January 29, 2004
Like its mini-mouthpiece, as pleasantly entertaining as Dummy often is, this ultimately hollow film sounds a few too many wooden notes and creaky jokes.
Katrina Onstad
National Post
September 26, 2003
Set at an odd pitch, one best described as shrill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
September 26, 2003
The characters are all strangely endearing, and the real pleasure of the movie is just watching them interact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 26, 2003
Definitely lives down to its name -- you can see the lips moving on this wooden thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Justin Hartung
Citysearch
September 15, 2003
Surprisingly endearing in moments thanks to finely tuned comic performances, especially from Brody.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 15, 2003
[T]he best ventriloquist -stalker -family-drama -romantic -comedy I've seen in, well maybe forever.
Shirley Sealy
Film Journal International
September 13, 2003
Dummy might have been a better movie if Greg Pritikin had done a few more rewrites on his script, and if he'd had more than a few weeks in which to shoot it.
Bridget Byrne
Boxoffice Magazine
September 12, 2003
It's a sweetly sad and sadly funny tale, conceived with quirky sensitivity, but, though its actors are adept, it only just hangs together, like a sitcom still in rehearsal stages.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 12, 2003
It's repetitive and obvious but somehow endearing, like a truly ugly dog with sweet eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
September 12, 2003
Pritikin's shrewd comedy-drama catches a fine flock of family emotions on the wing, and not the over-exposed ones.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
September 12, 2003
What could have been a biting dark comedy is, instead, uninspired and generic.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 12, 2003
Brody is a real talent, and Illeana Douglas is a riot as his older sister.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

E! Online
September 11, 2003
The result is the kind of oddball independent film that's almost a parody of the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
September 11, 2003
A mildly engaging addition to that curious sub-genre of American independent filmmaking, the whimsical comedy of Long Island alienation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 11, 2003
A romantic comedy of considerable charm and humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
September 11, 2003
Adrien Brody rescues Greg Pritikin's self-consciously eccentric comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Debruge
Premiere Magazine
September 11, 2003
Brody shot this film pre-Pianist and performed all the puppetry and ventriloquism himself, and it's pretty impressive watching the Oscar-winning actor externalize his expressions on the dummy's face.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 11, 2003
Brody ... is the movie's weakest link, turning in a performance almost as wooden as the doll that sits on his knee.
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