Dean Reviews

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December 26, 2018
...this is a film that's fundamentally about the grieving process and it all comes across as terribly flat and disingenuous.
December 5, 2017
Dean is a flawed movie that sometimes flubs implementing the same quirky visually stylistic touches that match the personality of the young man himself, but it's also an engaging dramedy with a striking sense of authenticity
August 29, 2017
Mildly amusing and nicely acted by the supporting players, Dean nonetheless doesn't feel like a big-screen breakthrough for Martin, who doesn't dig deeply enough into the movie's most interesting element: undigested grief.
June 30, 2017
It may not be the first movie you run off to the theater to see - probably not on a first date, anyway - but its high points are high enough to justify a look.
June 20, 2017
A touching dramedy about the different styles of grief.
June 16, 2017
It's about imperfections and dealing with the moment, and how the aftermath of death helps shape the way we handle life.
June 14, 2017
It ends a sweeter, more meaningful film than it begins.
June 9, 2017
Martin crafts an amusing vehicle for his usual mix of self-deprecation and social awkwardness, while also poking fun at technology, boorish millennials and other absurdities.
June 9, 2017
Dean's triumph is that it feels very much like a definitive statement of a young artist, much in the way Garden State did for Zach Braff.
June 5, 2017
The lessons that Dean learns are pat and predictable, but this disarmingly winsome film is comfortable in the knowledge that universal truths can be the hardest things for people to discover for themselves.
June 5, 2017
[Demetri Martin] makes the transition into feature filmmaking as writer, director and star with just the right blend of humor and heartbreak.
June 5, 2017
It is a brilliantly accomplished directing debut and never goes for cheap laughs or obvious plot contrivances.
June 3, 2017
Dean is not, as it purports to be in nearly all of its marketing material, a "comedy about tragedy." It's more like... a middling post-mumblecore dramedy about Demetri Martin wish-fulfilling himself into bed with Gillian Jacobs. Put that on a poster.
June 3, 2017
Martin's script knows but one thing -- irony. It's his lifeblood, his shtick. But it's also his downfall.
June 2, 2017
It all plays out in painstakingly milquetoast fashion.
June 2, 2017
While the direction is capable, the writing isn't nearly as sharp as it needs to be.
June 2, 2017
Yes, the story is rooted in grief, but it's too easily forgotten as the rest of Dean's life goes on. Martin may be great at sketches, but it takes more than sewing together a series of them to make a memorable movie.
June 2, 2017
There is a lot of humor about human nature to "Dean" as it meanders along to the hoped for happy ending. It is a light bit of youthful angst tempered by oft funny views of life.
June 2, 2017
Writer/actor/illustrator/stand-up comic Martin successfully adds "director" to his resume with this somewhat familiar but still funny and emotionally truthful dramedy.
June 2, 2017
A movie with which it is easy to find fault, and if you're a particular kind of person, you'll find fault with it without even trying too hard.
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