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Good Dick (2008)



Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 20

Marianna Palka's quirky indie debut centred on two dysfunctional loners is hit and miss, but has enough originality to see it through.


Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 7

Marianna Palka's quirky indie debut centred on two dysfunctional loners is hit and miss, but has enough originality to see it through.



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A vulnerable young woman gets into a relationship with a video store clerk.


Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Marianna Palka

Sep 1, 2009

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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (20) | DVD (4)

Surely some of the young woman's porn videos would make better viewing.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Alternately compelling and dramatically limp, the film scores points for exploring unfamiliar territory but lacks the emotional depth to make some very strange behavior believable.

October 18, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
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A short and sweet anti-romantic comedy, Good Dick puts together a heav ily depressed young woman with a homeless clerk who rents her porn at a Los Angeles video store.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
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As irritatingly monosyllabic as its characters, this indie 'romance' -- the quote marks aren't an accident -- feels over-workshopped and false at almost every point.

October 17, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Dysfunction beguiles in Good Dick, a perverse romantic comedy whose coarse title belies its tender heart.

October 17, 2008
New York Times
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Ultimately, the body part that gets the most play is the mouth, with the hyphenate and her personal-professional partner Ritter trading the sort of sub-Cassavetes banter that screams self-written acting exercises.

October 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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Instead of embodying the fun and spirited fluff that a rom com should be, this film just grinds its teeth through the process.

June 26, 2011 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

A weird love story between two damaged souls.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source:

...a lot more poignant than most of Hollywood's big-budget, star-studded takes on the subject.

September 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

One of the weakest competition entries at Sundance Fest this year, this pseudo romantic-erotic feature promises more than it can deliver, and after a cute beginning falls apart.

January 5, 2009 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Comments (2)

In another movie, the boy who pursues this girl would be a serial killer.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: PopMatters

All of the most annoying elements of independent cinema are on full display in Good Dick, a painfully awkward attempt at...well, I'm not sure what exactly.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Giant Magazine
Giant Magazine

Marianne Palka's comedy, which she wrote and stars in, lacks the script, acting and the laughs to rise in the marketplace above similar Sundance-style fare, despite the sado-masochistic streak.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

The independently minded have spirits to aflame.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

Good Dick manages to be a squirmily charming romantic movie, chockablock with surprising details.

October 15, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Press
New York Press

A distinctly unlikable movie about dislikable people, writer/director/actor Marianna Palka's mumblecore version of dysfunctional romance is the most unromantic picture of the year.

October 15, 2008 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Another indie that wears its quirks and gritty "realism" a little too proudly.

October 9, 2008 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Good Dick

This movie trumps Punch-Drunk Love for strangest on-screen couple in a movie I've seen in recent months.
July 7, 2010

Super Reviewer

I have seen Jason Ritter in a few movies now, one being the education of charlie banks. I thought he was brilliant in it. So I will watch this just to see his performance. Plus it looks like its going to be very different from most films. Plus it looks funny.

OK, I watched this movie today. I was really wrong about this being a comedy. It is definitely not a comedy, more of a romantic drama. It was a little confusing at moments trying to understand what exactly was wrong with Marianna's character. But by the end of the movie it all comes together and it's heart breaking. It made me wanna reach through the screen and hug her.. It was just so sad. I never seen that coming and it was just disturbing. Marianna Palka was amazing. This is the first film I have seen her in I believe. She did this part brilliantly. I felt her pain, which I don't think anyone would want to. It's a heart breaking, sad, and great movie. Jason Ritter once again does a great job. People should really see this movie. The title kinda throws it all off, but you will understand after seeing the movie.
August 31, 2009

Super Reviewer

Good Dick is a well-written, well-acted unconventional romantic comedy / dramedy. I'm really excited to see what these filmmakers do next.
May 3, 2009

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