Dean Reviews

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 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 2, 2017
While the direction is capable, the writing isn't nearly as sharp as it needs to be.
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.
June 1, 2017
A likable, slightly lightweight comedy about loss, grief, love, and the unbreakable bonds between fathers and sons.
June 1, 2017
Whether it's Martin's writing or the superhuman efforts of Kline and Steenburgen, these scenes emerge as the most heartfelt moments; had he ditched the cartoonist and made a movie about a widower and a Realtor, Martin might have been onto something.
June 1, 2017
I liked "Dean." And I liked Martin's direction. I just hope his next outing is a little more ambitious.
June 1, 2017
This is regrettably derivative, low-boil material. It's almost afraid to invite true messiness or insightful belly laughs, and remains content to cruise on a wispy likability.
June 1, 2017
"Dean" has its moments. The cast is solid, and the story moves along smoothly. Slight though it may be, it's a sweet enough tale, while it lasts.
June 1, 2017
Martin's a smooth enough director to make fuller and more ambitious pictures than "Dean." This one's a promising start.
June 1, 2017
Stay patient through those Seinfeldian stretches in which Martin isn't so much acting as performing, and you'll be treated to the bonus of some surprising emotional depth and poignancy.
June 1, 2017
Dean turns out to be quite touching, in retrospect. If only it were funny, clever, or in any other way particularly inspired from moment to moment.
May 31, 2017
Mr. Martin, taking a lesson from Woody Allen, gives his character lots of amusing opportunities to skewer pretentiousness.
May 31, 2017
Dean left me eagerly anticipating Martin's next projects.
April 20, 2016
If grief dramedies are as much a rite of passage as romantic rebounds, it's exciting to imagine what Martin's next step as a filmmaker will look like.
April 17, 2016
Martin ... struggles to square his distinct minimalist charm with the second-hand influence of standard-bearers like Woody Allen and Wes Anderson.