Critic Consensus: Mandy Moore and Billy Crudup's lack of chemistry in Dedication makes it hard to maintain interest in this confused love story.
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Critic Reviews for Dedication
Actor Justin Theroux makes an impressive directorial debut, aided by David Bromberg's mordantly funny dialogue.
[Director Theroux] has a tendency to overplay things, with self-consciously arty direction and an intrusive soundtrack.
Directed by actor Justin Theroux with a surprisingly saccharine hand, the film is neither believable nor novel.
Billy Crudup and Mandy Moore are immensely likable. We like them so much we regret having to see them in this story.
Audience Reviews for Dedication
Good rom-com. Not convincing enough for me to give it a higher rating but at least there were no regrets after watching it.
I really enjoy Justin Theroux's "Dedication", it's an affecting film with an oddball romance in the middle. While the film is certainly stylish, it is also deeply human. Billy Crudup and Mandy Moore are wonderful here, inhabiting complicated characters with ease. Tom Wilkinson is just as great and his scenes with Crudup are standouts. Accompanied by a soundtrack that supports the narrative as much as the performances and dialogue do, "Dedication" is a "indie" film that never seems pretentious and has real, contagious emotion.
Crudup is nutty, disturbed, and endearing as Henry Roth. There's something I can't pinpoint about Mandy Moore's performance. I wouldn't say she was phoning it in, not even that; it's as if she was texting, faxing, and bluetoothing it in. Trying so hard but nothing coming out. In the end, I have to say it's Henry's story. Lucy had no personality at all and because she had no likable or unlikable qualities, the arc of the romance went too fast.
|Jeremy:||Life is nothing but the occasional burst of laughter..rising above the interminable wail of grief.|
|Jeremy:||Life is nothing but the occasional burst of laughter rising above the interminable wail of grief.|
|Henry Roth:||Life is nothing but the echo of joy.|