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Dopamine (2003)

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

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Mark Decena makes his directorial debut with the romantic comedy Dopamine. In San Francisco during the economic heyday of computer technology, Rand (John Livingston) works as a software designer. He and his co-workers, Winston (Bruno Campos) and Johnson (Reuben Grundy), have created a toy called Koy Koy, an A.I. cyber-pet that can respond to its owner's voice. Rand's love life hasn't been very productive, especially because his father (William Windom) has been repeatedly telling him that love is

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Documentary, Drama, Romance, Comedy

Timothy Breitbach, Mark Decena

Apr 13, 2004

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At bottom, what we've got here is a movie about a boy who meets a girl, loses her and tries to find a way to get her back. Which returns us to the original question: Can romance be reduced to scientific formula?

March 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Mostly a drab affair, unfolding in restaurants, office cubicles and anonymous apartments, in which characters talk endlessly about relationships in ways that suggest they think they're being intelligent.

March 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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An amiably slight independent film that probably should have gone directly to the Sundance Channel.

October 29, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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... a near miss ...

October 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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While there's nothing terribly wrong with it, there's not much that's memorable either.

October 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Decena hooks us with these characters from the start and makes us believe in their pain and longing.

October 10, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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...gut-wrenchingly awful--should be avoided at all cost. Rated R 84 mins. (D-)http://www.colesmith

May 8, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

It's all talk and very little action. And unfortunately, most of the talk consists of thesis statements disguised as dialogue.

April 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

The film has an unfinished feel, and plays like a film 101 outing.

March 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Evocatively captures the uncertainties of being in your 20s, and the bars and cafes its characters inhabit.

February 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Never seems to say something important about love that it tries desperately to get to.

December 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Likable but utterly forgettable.

December 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

Has several parallel storylines, and all of them work.

October 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Decena treats everything with a slick, cold-edged elegance.

October 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

Engaging

October 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

San Francisco's smart set of high-tech thinkers can still be stupid at love in this warm, winning indie DV romance.

October 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Netflix
Netflix

Director Mark Decena and his writing partner show a good deal of promise for their future efforts, but some bad decisions and simplistic characters keep Dopamine from being anything to fall in love with.

October 14, 2003 Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

Bland, innocuous and totally disposable, it's the cinematic equivalent of a toothpaste or sneaker designed by and for focus groups.

October 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Nicely acted by Lloyd and the talented Livingston, it poses some major questions, and is smart enough to refrain from trying to answer them.

October 10, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

There's no disguising the fact that, beneath all its talk, this is a very traditional, very predictable romance; it's sorely in need of some comic relief.

October 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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