Dopamine Reviews

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 13, 2003
... a near miss ...
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 8, 2009
...gut-wrenchingly awful--should be avoided at all cost. Rated R 84 mins. (D-)http://www.colesmith
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
October 10, 2003
The film lacks character and relies on standard-issue rom-com formulas.
| Original Score: 2/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
December 5, 2003
Likable but utterly forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
April 9, 2004
It's all talk and very little action. And unfortunately, most of the talk consists of thesis statements disguised as dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
October 9, 2003
A chunky and clunky romantic-comedy wannabe.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 10, 2003
The result is both earnest and passionless.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
October 10, 2003
One never ceases to be amazed at how emerging independent filmmakers are able to deploy state-of-the-art techniques on the same old slop.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 29, 2003
An amiably slight independent film that probably should have gone directly to the Sundance Channel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
March 26, 2004
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
October 10, 2003
The emotional immaturity of the self-obsessed thirtysomething characters, particularly the passive, incongruously smirking Rand, beggars belief.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
October 10, 2003
...a dreary exercise in philosophy of the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Foundas
Variety
February 27, 2003
A dweeby and unenchanting concoction as romantic comedies go.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 8, 2003
The dilemmas in Dopamine ... made me want to reach for the serotonin reuptake inhibitors.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 9, 2003
An uncommonly drab and simpleminded picture that seems grossly distended at a mere 79 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
October 9, 2003
Developed in the Sundance Institute's screenwriting lab, this feels like a movie that was grown in a petri dish.
Jean Oppenheimer
Dallas Observer
October 10, 2003
The ideas behind the story are intriguing and could prompt endless hours of lively discussion, but the film proves surprisingly drab.
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
October 10, 2003
While Mark Decena, who directed the film and wrote it with Timothy Breitbach, is good at creating convincingly intimate, casual conversation, the story does begin to feel somewhat undernourished, visually and dramatically.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
October 10, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 10, 2003
While there's nothing terribly wrong with it, there's not much that's memorable either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kim Linekin
eye WEEKLY
April 9, 2004

Boston Phoenix
October 11, 2003
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