Dumbstruck Reviews

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Top Critic
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
July 6, 2011
Quirky, if uneven.
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
May 27, 2011
While the filmmakers do a good job showcasing their subjects' talents, I found the movie a bit lacking in exploring their personal lives and motivations.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 20, 2011
I imagine there is an audience that's dying to find out where the next great ventriloquist is coming from, but "Dumbstruck" does not have much appeal for folks who aren't already fascinated by this topic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 16, 2011
Doesn't plumb much below the surface of the subject, but remains an interesting curiosity.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
May 13, 2011
"Dumbstruck" will give you an appreciation in the effort and talent needed to be a ventriloquist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
April 25, 2011
Instead of shooting for real insight, the smoothly-edited doc maintains a pleasant course, as troubled artists continually navigate between compromise and concession.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
April 25, 2011
Dumbstruck actually pays more convincing tribute to those willing to honor their interior calling regardless of the hardship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
April 25, 2011
This winning documentary about people and their puppets proves both absorbing and moving.
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
April 22, 2011
A grounded, sometimes painfully honest look at a group of people dedicating themselves to a profession that the rest of the world doesn't completely understand.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
April 22, 2011
You may roll your eyes -- but damn, when that dummy belts out "At Last," it's much more likely your jaw will drop.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 22, 2011
The world of ventriloquists is a fascinating one (especially if you, too, once had your own mail-order Mortimer Snerd dummy). And it comes to real life in the gentle documentary "Dumbstruck."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
April 22, 2011
"Dumbstruck" is a documentary tailor-made for dummies and those who love them dearly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 22, 2011
What a bunch of dummies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
April 22, 2011
Relies on traditional, compelling storytelling to help us relate to a group of people who are about as far from traditional as you can imagine, but they are compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 22, 2011
An earnest but undeniably eye-rolling documentary about the denizens of this odd pocket of show business.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
April 21, 2011
Though centering on ventriloquism, it is clear that director Mark Goffman's film could just as easily be about anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
April 21, 2011
The writer and director, Mark Goffman, sticks to a no-frills style that makes the film feel longer than its 1 hour 24 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 21, 2011
[VIDEO] Dumbstruck [presents] an eye-opening view on its much maligned brand of creative expression.
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
April 21, 2011
It is impossible not to fall in love with the characters in this film - the human ones, anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
April 21, 2011
There's a fine line between a fond portrait of a misunderstood subculture and a freak show, and the documentary Dumbstruck wobbles down that line like an office worker pulled over on the way home from overindulging at happy hour.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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