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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Roger Dodger avoids asking the thorny questions. As in, why is this insidious creep worth an entire movie?
Kidd's story is a bitter pill to swallow - many will find the portrayal of Roger as some kind of hero bizarre.
| Original Score: 2/5
Kidd's script is too optimistic to do its interestingly sleazy protagonist justice.
| Original Score: C+
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 ...
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
Its keenly observed set-pieces never add up to a larger picture.
Sitting in the dark while people droan on and on about pretty much anything gets boring after a while.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
A skillfully made but ultimately annoying drama.
Doesn't really add up to much.
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.
Starts as a tart little lemon drop of a movie and ends up as a bitter pill.
First-time writer-director Dylan Kidd also has a good ear for dialogue, and the characters sound like real people.
| Original Score: 3/4
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+
We journey from appreciating Roger as the ideal over-drinks conversationalist to someone we would cross the street to avoid.
| Original Score: 4/5
...there is an unflinching quality to the film that makes it impossible to dismiss as just another character study of an unhappy man
| Original Score: B+
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.
Aa delight for anyone who loves to absorb dialogue.
[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.
Scott completely owns the film, and leaves you wondering why on earth we don't see an awful lot more of him.
Great Scott, 'Rodger Dodger' is not the man