• R, 1 hr. 44 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Dylan Kidd
    In Theaters:
    Nov 1, 2002 Limited
    On DVD:
    Mar 18, 2003
  • Artisan Entertainment


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Roger Dodger Reviews

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Michael Dequina

Scott's hilariously hateful hauteur is able to counteract some falsely fuzzy notes in the ending.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3/4

January 27, 2009
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

Some have condemned this film for 'filthy content.' That's like condemning a hospital for being a place of disease. Kidd deals with 'filth' the way a surgeon treats a tumor.

| Original Score: B

December 6, 2004

The dialogue addresses our expectations, gets us laughing and stops the movie from becoming too obvious a character study.

Full Review Source: UK Critic | Original Score: 3/4

September 7, 2003
Annette Dasey

Kidd's story is a bitter pill to swallow - many will find the portrayal of Roger as some kind of hero bizarre.

Full Review Source: Teletext | Original Score: 2/5

August 15, 2003
Brian Mckay

Blatantly arrogant, unapologetically misogynistic, morally repugnant, and absolutely hypnotic. All these descriptions and more can be applied to the character of Roger Swanson (Campbell Scott)

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

June 16, 2003
Cheryl Maday
Premiere Magazine

Kidd says he wants the extras to act as a 'film school in a box,' but the overall effect is more 'it takes a village,' indie-style ...

Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

May 12, 2003
Moira Sullivan
Movie Magazine International

...Rogers's mouth never stops shut about the war between the sexes and how to win the battle.

Full Review Source: Movie Magazine International | Original Score: B

May 11, 2003
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

Other than the slightly flawed (and fairly unbelievable) finale, everything else is top shelf.

| Original Score: 8/10

May 6, 2003
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

The best American debut since Reservoir Dogs.

Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 4/4

April 8, 2003
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Sharply written by Dylan Kidd.

| Original Score: 3/4

March 26, 2003
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

Dylan Kidd writes quotable dialogue and monologues that have the muscle of early Mamet without the attendant sameness of every character.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 17, 2003
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)

Roger Dodger is an enjoyably bruising tale of the inflated male ego that takes a hammering thanks to a little ironic justice.

Full Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia) | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 9, 2003
James Rocchi

An older cad instructs a younger lad in Zen and the art of getting laid in this prickly indie comedy of manners and misanthropy.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 3/5

February 11, 2003
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Quite the most shocking thing about this out-to-shock indie is the discovery that it was shot on film, not on video. I wasn't even aware that it was possible to make film look this amateurishly bad.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 2/5

February 5, 2003
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine
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A fascinating, uneven first feature from the young writer-director Dylan Kidd.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

January 16, 2003
David Poland
Hot Button

There is greatness here.

Full Review Source: Hot Button

January 7, 2003
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

Campbell Scott finds the ideal outlet for his flick-knife diction in the role of Roger Swanson.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly

January 3, 2003
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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We journey from appreciating Roger as the ideal over-drinks conversationalist to someone we would cross the street to avoid.

| Original Score: 4/5

January 3, 2003
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...there is an unflinching quality to the film that makes it impossible to dismiss as just another character study of an unhappy man

Full Review | Original Score: B+

December 28, 2002
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

What sounds on the surface like another generic sex comedy is actually a bitingly funny character study.

Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 3/4

December 28, 2002
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