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

Roger Dodger Reviews

Page 1 of 7
Jeremy Heilman
December 4, 2002

It only rarely becomes less than apparent that lurking behind these clever characters there's a cleverer screenwriter, delighting himself as he takes turns setting each of them up for a verbal fall.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
Top Critic
October 22, 2002

Roger Dodger avoids asking the thorny questions. As in, why is this insidious creep worth an entire movie?

Annette Dasey
August 15, 2003

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
October 31, 2002

Kidd's script is too optimistic to do its interestingly sleazy protagonist justice.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Cheryl Maday
Premiere Magazine
May 12, 2003

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 | Original Score: 2/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 5, 2003

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 | Original Score: 2/5
Erica Abeel
Film Journal International
August 21, 2002

Its keenly observed set-pieces never add up to a larger picture.

Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
October 11, 2002

Sitting in the dark while people droan on and on about pretty much anything gets boring after a while.

| Original Score: 2.5/5
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
October 25, 2002

Shot perhaps 'artistically' with handheld cameras and apparently no movie lights by Joaquin Baca-Asay, the low-budget production swings annoyingly between vertigo and opacity.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
Top Critic
November 1, 2002

A skillfully made but ultimately annoying drama.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
Top Critic
November 15, 2002

Doesn't really add up to much.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
November 18, 2002

Roger is not a character we are really meant to like, but how much one likes this movie may ultimately depend on the extent to which you are able to remain in the same room with him.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
November 22, 2002

Starts as a tart little lemon drop of a movie and ends up as a bitter pill.

Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 22, 2002

First-time writer-director Dylan Kidd also has a good ear for dialogue, and the characters sound like real people.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic
November 15, 2002

Roger Dodger is an impressive first-time effort by Dylan Kidd, the director and writer. But like the teen in the movie who is trying to lose his virginity, the film never quite scores.

| Original Score: C+
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic
January 3, 2003

We journey from appreciating Roger as the ideal over-drinks conversationalist to someone we would cross the street to avoid.

| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 28, 2002

...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+
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
November 1, 2002

The film is not just a lot of one-liners but has a buried agenda, as the funny early dialogue slides down into confusion and sadness.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Berardinelli
Top Critic
October 31, 2002

Aa delight for anyone who loves to absorb dialogue.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic
October 24, 2002

[Kidd] can write dialogue, work skillfully with actors, and he has a pretty good handle on urban loneliness of the knowing, virulent New York City variety.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006

Geoff Andrew
Time Out
Top Critic
February 9, 2006

Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 11, 2003

Tom Grealis
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
September 16, 2003

Scott completely owns the film, and leaves you wondering why on earth we don't see an awful lot more of him.

John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
October 24, 2002

Great Scott, 'Rodger Dodger' is not the man

Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008

Bill Gallo
Dallas Observer
January 8, 2003

Arizona Republic
Top Critic
November 8, 2002

Boston Phoenix
November 18, 2002

Sydney Morning Herald
March 7, 2003

August 19, 2003

Houston Chronicle
Top Critic
July 21, 2005

Page 1 of 7