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Dedication (2007)

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41

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 46
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 27

Mandy Moore and Billy Crudup's lack of chemistry in Dedication makes it hard to maintain interest in this confused love story.

38

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 13

Mandy Moore and Billy Crudup's lack of chemistry in Dedication makes it hard to maintain interest in this confused love story.

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Actor Justin Theroux (Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Mulholland Dr.) steps behind the camera for his directorial debut with this irreverent romantic comedy. Billy Crudup is Henry, a cynical children's book writer who holds little more than disdain for his pint-sized target audience. Artist Rudy (Tom Wilkinson) is both Henry's illustrator and the only friend in his miserable life. But when Rudy's health fails, Henry unwittingly finds himself paired with a new illustrator, played by Mandy Moore,

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Drama, Romance, Comedy

David Bromberg

Feb 12, 2008

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All Critics (48) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (27) | DVD (5)

Actor Justin Theroux makes an impressive directorial debut, aided by David Bromberg's mordantly funny dialogue.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It leaves you wishing the oddball couple well.

September 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Slate
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[Director Theroux] has a tendency to overplay things, with self-consciously arty direction and an intrusive soundtrack.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Directed by actor Justin Theroux with a surprisingly saccharine hand, the film is neither believable nor novel.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Billy Crudup and Mandy Moore are immensely likable. We like them so much we regret having to see them in this story.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Theroux brings none of the electric surprise or intensity of his acting to bear on the movie. He seems unhappy with the assignment.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Dedication's problem isn't its idealized conception of love but the thoroughly unconvincing way in which it is realized.

February 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

That's what it takes to make it through this self-consciously dark romantic comedy.

November 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

It restores one's faith in Mandy Moore's film career.

November 7, 2007 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Theroux shoots and edits creatively, and elicits good performances, so here's hoping he gets another crack behind the camera with a more cohesive and consistent script.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Dedication is a loopy, semi-romantic comedy better served had it been made by Hal Hartley and released during the autumn of 1994.

October 4, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Will help Moore get additional notice within the industry, from writers, directors and other creative types who pay attention.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

Stridently annoying.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Crudup exhibits admirable restraint. The story would be more compelling, however, had we not seen the same thing before in As Good as It Gets.

September 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

An ordinary boy-gets-girl movie, and not a particularly interesting one.

August 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Dedication

Good rom-com. Not convincing enough for me to give it a higher rating but at least there were no regrets after watching it.
January 29, 2011
Raajay

Super Reviewer

Crudup is nutty, disturbed, and endearing as Henry Roth. There's something I can't pinpoint about Mandy Moore's performance. I wouldn't say she was phoning it in, not even that; it's as if she was texting, faxing, and bluetoothing it in. Trying so hard but nothing coming out. In the end, I have to say it's Henry's story. Lucy had no personality at all and because she had no likable or unlikable qualities, the arc of the romance went too fast.
July 17, 2008
aliceinpunderland

Super Reviewer

This was a surprise. I bought this film expecting an average love story with clichéd scenarios and cheesy dialogue. Well, it turns out I loved this film a lot and I can't believe I'm saying this, Mandy Moore was great in this. I'm kinda partial with singers turning into actors so I'm not really a fan of the thing but Mandy Moore in this film is an exception. She was great, I love her. She's not like those other singer-turned-actors who has only one expression in their face and it never changes throughout the film. Like Norah Jones in 'Blueberry Nights' and all those rappers in gangster films. She was pretty good here. Her leading man is Billy Crudup. I can describe him in one word: Phenomenal. He plays Henry Roth (50 First Dates homage?) a neurotic, eccentric, crazy, wacky children's books author who dislikes driving a car and likes to get his chest splotched by a stack of books. He reminds me of Woody Allen's character in "Annie Hall" They are very much similar. They're both neurotic, they both look like they'll break down in a jiffy and they both dislike driving. Fantastic.

This is the director's excellent directorial debut. The dialogue was great it contains some very memorable lines, the chemistry between Mandy Moore and Billy Crudup sticks with you like super glue, the acting is superb (Tom Wilkinson huzzah) and the cinematography is better than awesome. The editing: magnifique.

"Dedication" is a 4.5/5
May 13, 2008
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Lorenzo von Matterhorn

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    1. Jeremy: Life is nothing but the occasional burst of laughter rising above the interminable wail of grief.
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    1. Henry Roth: Life is nothing but the echo of joy.
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