• 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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Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com

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 Source: MovieMartyr.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 4, 2002
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Roger Dodger avoids asking the thorny questions. As in, why is this insidious creep worth an entire movie?

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 22, 2002
Annette Dasey
Teletext

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
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

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

Full Review Source: Film Blather | Original Score: C+

October 31, 2002
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
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
Erica Abeel
Film Journal International

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

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

August 21, 2002
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

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

| Original Score: 2.5/5

October 11, 2002
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

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 Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 25, 2002
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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A skillfully made but ultimately annoying drama.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

November 1, 2002
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Doesn't really add up to much.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 15, 2002
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

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 Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

November 18, 2002
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

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

Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer

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

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

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3/4

November 22, 2002

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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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+

November 15, 2002
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
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

November 1, 2002
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Aa delight for anyone who loves to absorb dialogue.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

October 31, 2002
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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[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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 24, 2002
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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February 9, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 11, 2003
Tom Grealis
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

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

Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

September 16, 2003
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly

Great Scott, 'Rodger Dodger' is not the man

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October 24, 2002
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October 18, 2008
Bill Gallo
Dallas Observer
January 8, 2003

Arizona Republic
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November 8, 2002

Boston Phoenix
November 18, 2002

Sydney Morning Herald
March 7, 2003

Guardian
August 19, 2003

Houston Chronicle
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July 21, 2005
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