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Dedication (2007)

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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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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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Cast

Billy Crudup
as Henry Roth
Mandy Moore
as Lucy Reilly
Tom Wilkinson
as Rudy Holt
Bob Balaban
as Arthur Planck
Bobby Cannavale
as Don Meyers
Peter Bogdanovich
as Roger Spade
Amy Sedaris
as Cassidy's Mom
Catherine Kellner
as Abusive Mom
Catherine Lloyd Burns
as Mother in Bookstore
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Critic Reviews for Dedication

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (20)

Actor Justin Theroux makes an impressive directorial debut, aided by David Bromberg's mordantly funny dialogue.

Full Review… | October 5, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It leaves you wishing the oddball couple well.

Full Review… | September 25, 2007
Slate
Top Critic

[Director Theroux] has a tendency to overplay things, with self-consciously arty direction and an intrusive soundtrack.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
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Directed by actor Justin Theroux with a surprisingly saccharine hand, the film is neither believable nor novel.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007
Detroit News
Top Critic

Billy Crudup and Mandy Moore are immensely likable. We like them so much we regret having to see them in this story.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Theroux brings none of the electric surprise or intensity of his acting to bear on the movie. He seems unhappy with the assignment.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007
Boston Globe
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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.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

½

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 Carrier
Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer

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.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

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