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The Secret Lives of Dentists Reviews


Time Out
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June 24, 2006

Houston Chronicle
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July 21, 2005
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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August 7, 2004
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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Rudolph's fondness for angular, oblique characterization is ideally suited to the movie's incidental story of sublimated feelings and contradictory impulses.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 4/5

November 14, 2003
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Domestic scenes with the kids are drawn with letter-perfect naturalism.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

November 14, 2003
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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There are movies that have a way of hitting you at a certain time in your life, and this study of being married with young children speaks in satisfying ways.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

September 11, 2003
Roger Davidson
Orlando Sentinel
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It's funny, honest enough to make you squirm and a film that may make you feel a little bit of the pain on the other side of that shrieking drill.

September 5, 2003
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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Rudolph's past work has been spotty, but his stress here on familial sovereignty is moving, as is his direction of the three children.

September 3, 2003

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 30, 2003
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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A faultlessly constructed, artistic look at love, loss and truths we can't ignore.

| Original Score: 4/5

August 28, 2003
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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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 Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

August 22, 2003
Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A muted but engrossing look at marriage at a crossroads.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B+

August 17, 2003
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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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.

August 15, 2003
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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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.

August 15, 2003
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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 Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 15, 2003
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Mr. Rudolph's opus is already guaranteed a place on my year's 10-best list.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

August 15, 2003
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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A smart, understated, emotionally penetrating drama that tempts one to forgive Breakfast of Champions and Trixie.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

August 14, 2003
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Rudolph's sharpest work in years.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

August 8, 2003
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 8, 2003
David Edelstein
Slate
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The filmmakers manage to jazz up Smiley's tempo without losing her melancholy tone; and they find a way -- without being untrue to the book -- to make the stubbornly recessive protagonist seem a dynamo on the screen.

Full Review Source: Slate

August 8, 2003
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Director Alan Rudolph shows a fine sensitivity to the loneliness that can haunt a close marriage, but it's Scott's Walter Mitty-style antihero who gives the affair its aching heart.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

August 7, 2003
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Empty, minuscule and pointless.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

August 6, 2003
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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[T]his is a superb examination of a suburban marriage on the brink of collapse.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

August 4, 2003
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The film presents a realistic and artful treatment of a subject not often dealt with in cinema -- and rarely with honesty. Davis and Scott respond with heartfelt, edgy performances.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

August 1, 2003
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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An interesting, and sometimes bitterly amusing film.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

August 1, 2003
Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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Lacking a solid narrative beyond the worsening marital crisis, this humor-flecked domestic drama ends up relying heavily on directorial tricks such as splashes of magic realism, giving it a self-satisfied air that quickly becomes grating.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

August 1, 2003
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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It's a compassionate view of marriage and its stressors. But the filmmaker and actors do their jobs only too well. Watching Secret Lives can be as uncomfortable as sitting in the dentist's chair.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 1, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The Secret Lives of Dentists tries hard to be a good film, but if it had relaxed a little, it might have been great.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 1, 2003
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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The movie [diverts] into a domestic sub-trauma, and Rudolph is never able to bring it back.

| Original Score: 2/4

July 31, 2003
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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It's the adult tone that Mr. Rudolph brings to the movie ... that makes this picture more than a pile of nuked clichés.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 31, 2003
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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An excellent adaptation of a wonderful work of fiction that sheds light on the complexities and emotional truths of married life.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 31, 2003
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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A stylish work from an accomplished, sophisticated filmmaker that bristles with intelligence and gleams with Scott's and Davis' multifaceted, astutely judged portrayals.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 31, 2003
John Anderson
Newsday
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The Secret Lives of Dentists may be a hard movie to like and a harder movie to love, but it knows itself so well that it's an impossible one to dismiss.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 31, 2003
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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As misshapen as the movie sometimes seems, it ultimately evokes true, uncompromised emotions.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

July 31, 2003
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Scott and Davis could not be better. You're in for something special.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

July 31, 2003
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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While it's Dave's madly humming brain that propels the film, Davis, whose every glance is a short story in itself, makes Dana's internal crisis equally resonant.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

July 30, 2003
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Don't let unpleasant personal dental associations stand in the way of seeing a luminous specimen of independent filmmaking.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

July 30, 2003
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Unlike the majority of movies in which a thousand digital extras are sacrificed upon the altar of commercial catharsis, The Secret Lives of Dentists gives the impression of acknowledging the existence of garden-variety human suffering.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 29, 2003
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Neither the story nor the characters exerts enough pull, and the fantasy bits are more annoying than revealing.

September 12, 2002
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