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The Secret Lives of Dentists Reviews

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 12, 2002
Neither the story nor the characters exerts enough pull, and the fantasy bits are more annoying than revealing.
Victoria Alexander
August 27, 2003
Up-close dentistry, a violent toddler, a family sick with the flu, and non-stop vomiting. That's entertainment!
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Mark R. Leeper
February 10, 2003
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Arthur Lazere
July 31, 2003
The points hung on this skeletal plot all seem obvious, the situation ordinary.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 31, 2003
The movie [diverts] into a domestic sub-trauma, and Rudolph is never able to bring it back.
| Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 21, 2002
...overindulgent film most people envision upon hearing the words "art house movie."
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 1, 2004
The Secret Lives of Dentists is a provocative title, promising much more than this domestic melodrama is able to deliver.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/5
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
August 1, 2003
Lacking a solid narrative beyond the worsening marital crisis, this humor-flecked domestic drama ends up relying heavily on directorial tricks such as splashes of magic realism, giving it a self-satisfied air that quickly becomes grating.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
July 30, 2003
Seems vaguely interested in American domestic ennui, but ends up feeling -- wait for it (yawn) -- like pulling teeth.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
August 6, 2003
Empty, minuscule and pointless.
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
November 14, 2003
For me (unlike some critics who have embraced this film), Leary becomes so persistent, so grating and so bloody irritating that I want to scream: Stop the madness! End the pain!
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Greg Muskewitz
December 31, 2003
...[T]he potency is abrogated by Rudolph's indulgent pretension of including Scott's personified conscience in the form of an obstreperous patient...
Full Review | Original Score: C
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald
February 2, 2004
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 1, 2003
The Secret Lives of Dentists tries hard to be a good film, but if it had relaxed a little, it might have been great.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 22, 2003
Director Rudolph and writer Craig Lucas ... use a wry and compassionate touch as they present this X-ray vision of a relationship long past its annual checkup.
| Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 29, 2003
Campbell Scott is fantastic as a wobbly man being torn asunder by the spectre of infidelity.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 4, 2003
[T]his is a superb examination of a suburban marriage on the brink of collapse.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 8, 2003
An intelligent, detailed reminder that it's usually better not to wait until something hurts to get it fixed.
| Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
September 14, 2003
[Campbell Scott gives] a brilliant performance, with hints of humor, rage and agony all lurking around the edges.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
September 5, 2003
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
August 13, 2005
Elbert Ventura
August 15, 2003
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004

Boston Phoenix
August 9, 2003

Baltimore Sun
August 15, 2003
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 30, 2003

Orlando Weekly
September 11, 2003
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
August 3, 2005
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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