Dopamine Reviews

March 26, 2004
At bottom, what we've got here is a movie about a boy who meets a girl, loses her and tries to find a way to get her back. Which returns us to the original question: Can romance be reduced to scientific formula?
March 25, 2004
Mostly a drab affair, unfolding in restaurants, office cubicles and anonymous apartments, in which characters talk endlessly about relationships in ways that suggest they think they're being intelligent.
October 29, 2003
An amiably slight independent film that probably should have gone directly to the Sundance Channel.
October 13, 2003
... a near miss ...
October 10, 2003
While there's nothing terribly wrong with it, there's not much that's memorable either.
October 10, 2003
Decena hooks us with these characters from the start and makes us believe in their pain and longing.
October 10, 2003
While Mark Decena, who directed the film and wrote it with Timothy Breitbach, is good at creating convincingly intimate, casual conversation, the story does begin to feel somewhat undernourished, visually and dramatically.
October 10, 2003
The emotional immaturity of the self-obsessed thirtysomething characters, particularly the passive, incongruously smirking Rand, beggars belief.
October 10, 2003
One never ceases to be amazed at how emerging independent filmmakers are able to deploy state-of-the-art techniques on the same old slop.
October 10, 2003
The result is both earnest and passionless.
October 10, 2003
Sexy, funny and just the littlest bit sad, it explores something that has fascinated men and women since time began: each other.
October 10, 2003
It's a movie, small in compass, conservative in aesthetic, that explores an idea while it makes you laugh. A lot of bigger movies won't provoke you half as much.
October 10, 2003
In one way or another, Dopamine is about us.
October 10, 2003
While the route Dopamine takes in addressing the nature of attraction is schematic, the film is never less than clever, surprisingly charming, decidedly thought-provoking -- and in its own undefinable way, touching.
October 9, 2003
A chunky and clunky romantic-comedy wannabe.
October 9, 2003
Although flawed, Dopamine is ultimately a witty and perceptive movie dealing with the ways people experience love and loss in an increasingly distracted and remote world.
October 9, 2003
It's more likable than it is good. Still, it might leave you feeling romantic (and romantic about your particular city) even if it doesn't nail its case for love in a psychopharmacological age.
October 8, 2003
The dilemmas in Dopamine ... made me want to reach for the serotonin reuptake inhibitors.
October 8, 2003
Rand (John Livingston), who looks like a hangdog Ben Affleck, and the believably vulnerable Sarah (Sabrina Lloyd) make awkward reticence appealing.
February 27, 2003
A dweeby and unenchanting concoction as romantic comedies go.