The Secret Lives of Dentists Reviews

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
August 28, 2003
A faultlessly constructed, artistic look at love, loss and truths we can't ignore.
| Original Score: 4/5
Sean O'Connell
Eclipse Magazine
August 28, 2003
A moving and eerily accurate glance into the wandering mind of a married man.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (cleveland.com)
August 28, 2003
The Secret Lives of Dentists is a darkly fascinating exam of a family in decay.
| Original Score: 4/5
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
August 27, 2003
Up-close dentistry, a violent toddler, a family sick with the flu, and non-stop vomiting. That's entertainment!
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 26, 2003
The film hits nerves.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 22, 2003
Director Rudolph and writer Craig Lucas ... use a wry and compassionate touch as they present this X-ray vision of a relationship long past its annual checkup.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
August 22, 2003
Understands how the small worries of small people are, to them, all the troubles in the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 20, 2003
This one is worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
August 20, 2003
I wasn't sure whether I wanted to laugh out loud or scream my lungs out. But don't be afraid of the film. Be afraid of the conversations you'll have on the ride home.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
August 18, 2003
There are many films about marriages that aren't quite working, but I can't name a better one at portraying just how difficult marriage and family life are, despite everyone's best intentions.
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 17, 2003
A muted but engrossing look at marriage at a crossroads.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 15, 2003
Although this movie is highly watchable as a story, it's the wonderfully loose and believable everyday business -- overworked parents, avoided topics at dinner, precocious children -- that really solidifies the film.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 15, 2003
That most extraordinary of achievements, the small, quiet movie that imperceptibly takes its viewers by their throats and doesn't let go until its emotionally explosive -- and equally small and quiet -- final moments.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 15, 2003
Scott and Davis keep you interested in the Hursts' dilemma as a couple wondering when the flame in their romance blew out, and whether or not there's any hope of rekindling it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
August 15, 2003
Mr. Rudolph's opus is already guaranteed a place on my year's 10-best list.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
August 14, 2003
A smart, understated, emotionally penetrating drama that tempts one to forgive Breakfast of Champions and Trixie.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 13, 2003
"The Secret Lives of Dentists" is an understated masterpiece that shows American filmmakers can still make great, not just good, movies.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
August 8, 2003
Rudolph's sharpest work in years.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 8, 2003
Dentists may not be the best movie ever made about the perils of family life, but it is among the most ruthlessly comic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 8, 2003
An intelligent, perceptive, stylish but quietly controlled study of mid-life insecurity and marital infidelity.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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