Critics Consensus

Mandy Moore and Billy Crudup's lack of chemistry in Dedication makes it hard to maintain interest in this confused love story.



Total Count: 45


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Actor Justin Theroux (Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Mulholland Dr.) steps behind the camera for his directorial debut with this irreverent romantic comedy. Billy Crudup is Henry, a cynical children's book writer who holds little more than disdain for his pint-sized target audience. Artist Rudy (Tom Wilkinson) is both Henry's illustrator and the only friend in his miserable life. But when Rudy's health fails, Henry unwittingly finds himself paired with a new illustrator, played by Mandy Moore, who proves to be the oil to his water. Dedication also stars Mia Farrow and Bob Balaban.

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  • May 31, 2014
    Billy Crudup's performance is a great reason to check out this film. He is on top of his game here. It is one of his best. I kept questioning if his character has bipolar disorder. The film was good. It is a bit predictable, but that didn't bother me here. Crudup and Moore have a great on screen chemistry, as does, Crudup and Wilkinson. The scenes between Wilkinson and Crudup are really good. I liked the editing and the music in the film. I definitely recommend this film.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2011
    I liked this movie, but Im not 100% sure why. I think the main, if not only, reason for my enjoyment was how unique and brilliant Billy Crudup's character and acting was. Aside from him, the story was okay, Mandy was okay - in fact, I'd almost say that Tom Wilkinson had a more impacting role than she did. It wasnt boring, but not overly entertaining either. I was amused, laughed a few times, and really did like Billy's character (as I previously said). All in all, it was okay, not bad, but nothing spectacular either. What did this movie teach me? I want to find a guy who I can sit with and make up long stories about the people we see in passing.
    Sarah . Super Reviewer
  • Jan 29, 2011
    Good rom-com. Not convincing enough for me to give it a higher rating but at least there were no regrets after watching it.
    Wildaly M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 23, 2010
    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.
    Steven C Super Reviewer

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