• R, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Greg Pritikin
    In Theaters:
    Sep 12, 2003 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 17, 2004
  • Shoreline Entertainment
  • Dummy
    2 minutes 55 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Dummy Reviews

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Jordan Hiller

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 Source: Bangitout.com | Original Score: 3.5

December 9, 2004
Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative

Pritikin's movie succeeds...thanks to its spirited, oddball humor and winning performances

| Original Score: 3/5

September 30, 2004
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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.

January 29, 2004
Katrina Onstad
National Post

Set at an odd pitch, one best described as shrill.

Full Review Source: National Post | Original Score: 2/4

September 26, 2003
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

The characters are all strangely endearing, and the real pleasure of the movie is just watching them interact.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3/5

September 26, 2003
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Definitely lives down to its name -- you can see the lips moving on this wooden thing.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

September 26, 2003
Justin Hartung

Surprisingly endearing in moments thanks to finely tuned comic performances, especially from Brody.

Full Review Source: Citysearch | Original Score: 6/10

September 15, 2003
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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[T]he best ventriloquist -stalker -family-drama -romantic -comedy I've seen in, well maybe forever.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

September 15, 2003
Shirley Sealy
Film Journal International

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.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

September 13, 2003
Bridget Byrne
Boxoffice Magazine

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 Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 12, 2003
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's repetitive and obvious but somehow endearing, like a truly ugly dog with sweet eyes.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 12, 2003
Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
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Pritikin's shrewd comedy-drama catches a fine flock of family emotions on the wing, and not the over-exposed ones.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

September 12, 2003
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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What could have been a biting dark comedy is, instead, uninspired and generic.

| Original Score: 2/4

September 12, 2003
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Brody is a real talent, and Illeana Douglas is a riot as his older sister.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 12, 2003

E! Online

The result is the kind of oddball independent film that's almost a parody of the genre.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: C-

September 11, 2003
Dave Kehr
New York Times
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A mildly engaging addition to that curious sub-genre of American independent filmmaking, the whimsical comedy of Long Island alienation.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

September 11, 2003
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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A romantic comedy of considerable charm and humor.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

September 11, 2003
Jan Stuart
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Adrien Brody rescues Greg Pritikin's self-consciously eccentric comedy.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 11, 2003
Peter Debruge
Premiere Magazine

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 Source: Premiere Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

September 11, 2003
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Brody ... is the movie's weakest link, turning in a performance almost as wooden as the doll that sits on his knee.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

September 11, 2003
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