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Dot the I (2003)

tomatometer

25

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 59
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 44

dot the i starts out as a standard love triangle, but last minute revelations turn the movie into a gimmick.

16

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 21

dot the i starts out as a standard love triangle, but last minute revelations turn the movie into a gimmick.

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Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 8,279

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Movie Info

Young Spanish flamenco dancer Carmen (Natalia Verbeke), who lives in London, is on the verge of marrying Barnaby (James D'Arcy). By happenstance, she meets Kit (Gael Garcia Bernal), a Brazilian actor, the night before her wedding and ends up kissing him. What follows is subterfuge galore (to cover up their budding lust). Better cross a few of those &NFi;t&NFi_;'s, too! Costars Charlie Cox and Tom Hardy. Matthew Parkhill directs.

Oct 18, 2005

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All Critics (66) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (44) | DVD (2)

As much as it tries to be a smart, postmodern indie film, dot the i is pure Hollywood fluff.

August 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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Parkhill tries to keep new blood pulsing through the film, but the movie stalls by its third act, where he plays a trick that seems more desperate than fresh.

June 10, 2005
Detroit Free Press
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Take a long, hard look at Parkhill's film, and you'll find too many i's undotted.

May 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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While stylishly done, Parkhill's script isn't nearly as clever as he thinks it is, and the sucker punch near the end lacks, well, punch.

April 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Inflicts great pain on the audience by wringing its plot into a bruised and pulpy mass.

April 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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You watch the screen in disbelief and amazement that any aspiring auteur could so willfully undermine his own project this way.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

...benefits greatly from the inclusion of a thoroughly unpredictable third-act twist...

November 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Dot the I is okay-ish until it drops one of those Sixth Sense-style plot twists which negates everything that has gone before it into audiences' laps . . .

April 28, 2006
SA Movie & DVD Magazine

The term 'terrible' not only describes what happens to the characters, it also describes the brain-numbing sensation of having to sit through this movie.

July 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The movie stops being about [its characters] - and starts being about the ways writer-director Matthew Parkhill can screw with your head.

July 22, 2005
Salt Lake Tribune

So in love with its own inventions and convolutions that it ignores all plausibility and audience acceptance.

June 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

But despite its trickery, dot the i lacks emotional resonance that would elevate it above the banal.

June 17, 2005
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Dot the I" wants to join the ranks of "Memento" and "The Usual Suspects," films that reward multiple viewings, but it's so ridiculous that it doesn't sustain a first.

June 9, 2005 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Once the effect of the second act's gimmick wears off, you find yourself growing more and more annoyed at the improbability of the entire setup.

May 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A curious mélange that works more often than not.

May 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Comment (1)
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

A weird, pretty film with a dumb script, a skilled cast and a good twist, plus one hot sex scene and one brilliant scene-chew by D'Arcy.

May 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

If you find dense, self-conscious mystification decorated with all kinds of fashionable postmodern gimmicks more than a bit annoying, best to look elsewhere.

April 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Dallas Observer
Dallas Observer

Even when you don't believe what Bernal and the effervescent Verbeke are doing, it's fun to watch them do it.

April 21, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

the film becomes entirely meta-fictional and I simply gave up caring

April 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Cross 'Dot The I' off your viewing list...crosses the boundary of implausibility so often and so blatantly that it winds up being absolutely laughable.

April 16, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Audience Reviews for Dot the I

Starts off predictably, then gets interesting towards the end but only slightly interesting. Worth the worth for Gael Garcia Bernal..but that's about it.
May 22, 2011
SarahG1988

Super Reviewer

In general, to avoid "spoiler reviews," I try to spend most of my time talking specifically about act one and talk in generalities about acts two and three. Act one of Dot the I sucks. We get relatively uninteresting characters, and it is obvious that the film is trying to set up a thriller plot-line, but we're never given any real clues to build the suspense.
Acts two and three rock! The thriller plot-line manifests and turns this film into a brutal version of The Shape of Things. I especially liked the satire of the independent film industry, and that's about all I can say without spoiling the prestige.
Verbeke is a beautiful, doe-eyed innocent with a flash of the bad girl here and there; she makes for an alluring screen presence, but I don't see much depth in her performance. D'Arcy is fantastic in acts two and three, but he's as boring as the film in act one. In the few Bernal films I've seen, he does a Mexican imitation of Jim Carrey and Zach Braff, but he is able to keep that annoying side of his acting under control for most of Dot the I.
Overall, if it were possible to skip the first forty-five minutes and still understand the film, I'd suggest it.
January 3, 2011
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Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

This is a big champagne budget movie done on a beer budget. Seeing how the story is told with what appears to be several beginners at the helm made it even more fun and bordered on artistic for me! It was an enjoyable movie to pass some time watching.
November 29, 2010
Tomassgringo

Super Reviewer

Dull and dumb
August 3, 2010
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jay nixon

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