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Love Object (2003)

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38

Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 8

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57

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 3,454

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Robert Parigi writes and directs the low-budget horror movie Love Object. Technical writer Kenneth (Desmond Harrington) is too shy to reveal his attraction to co-worker Lisa (Melissa Sagemiller). He's only able to relax after ordering Nikki, a Lisa-lookalike sex doll with realistic anatomy. The new, sexually fullfilled Kenneth develops the confidence to talk to the real-life Lisa, but Nikki gets jealous. Kenneth starts to confuse reality with fantasy, leading to violence and gore. Rip Torn and

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Horror

Robert Parigi

Jul 13, 2004

LionsGate Entertainment

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The sort of clumsy undertaking that trips up everyone and everything in it.

May 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Droll and modestly creepy horror film.

May 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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What's missing is any sense of why such a handsome man is afraid of women. That makes the premise hard to swallow, especially since Harrington is too commanding to be a believable dweeb.

May 6, 2004 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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The movie reaches with increasing desperation toward humor and grisly sadism, and the mood is broken.

April 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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While some pedestrian camerawork and spotty acting from supporting players deflate Love Object, it has enough juice -- and a surprising twist -- to keep fans of the slow-burn horror genre enthralled.

April 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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What might have been a commentary on the objectification of women becomes an unrestrained forum for twisted ideas of sexuality.

March 19, 2004 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The film sends a false message about freaky sex.

August 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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As Kenneth dips into 'Norman Bates meets The Marquis de Sade' waters, horror fans will stand transfixed and will definitely not be disappointed by the shocking finale.

June 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Horror.com
Horror.com

The comedy falls flat and the only real horror is having to sit through the whole damn thing.

May 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Feels so depressingly vacant that it registers less as a film than as a pointed lesson in what not to do in the wacky world of non-traditional dating.

May 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The biggest potential pitfall is that Kenneth starts the film as such a weirdo that some audience members may have problems relating to him

May 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Los Angeles CityBeat

Though you might admire bits and pieces of it, overall this movie is unlikely to be the object of anyone's affection.

March 4, 2004 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

You know you're having a bad day when you can't make a relationship work with your rubber doll - even with instructions...a nice little addition to the sick and twisted genre.

February 27, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

Has quite a bit to say about male fantasies.

February 13, 2004 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Love Object

What does an office worker living a dull, routine life without friends or a woman do?? Orders one of the life-like silicone love dolls and models it after a female co-worker. More of a hilariously dark psychological thriller than straight-out horror, this is one interesting and deranged film that's unsettling, especially when the main character Kenneth begins to suspect his love-doll "Nikki" is becoming jealous. The addition of a manipulating sex doll always turns the fun level up in any film. Funny and gory.
May 17, 2008
DrBenway
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Desmond Harrington does a fantastic job as Kenneth Winslow. He's sort of like half Norman Bates and half Willard (but without all the rats!).
June 24, 2007
drblood

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Top notch, psychotic performance by Desmond Harrington in a movie that doesn't pull it's punches. The anti-May movie, for people who like their villains, whether you feel sorry for them or not, not to be the heroes.
May 7, 2007
cacutshaw

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    1. Kenneth: Relationships come and go, but formaldehyde lasts forever.
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