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September 12, 2002
Neither the story nor the characters exerts enough pull, and the fantasy bits are more annoying than revealing.
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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February 10, 2003
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 31, 2003
The points hung on this skeletal plot all seem obvious, the situation ordinary.
July 31, 2003
The movie [diverts] into a domestic sub-trauma, and Rudolph is never able to bring it back.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 21, 2002
...overindulgent film most people envision upon hearing the words "art house movie."
January 1, 2004
The Secret Lives of Dentists is a provocative title, promising much more than this domestic melodrama is able to deliver.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 30, 2003
Seems vaguely interested in American domestic ennui, but ends up feeling -- wait for it (yawn) -- like pulling teeth.
August 6, 2003
Empty, minuscule and pointless.
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
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
February 2, 2004
| Original Score: 2/4
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 29, 2003
Campbell Scott is fantastic as a wobbly man being torn asunder by the spectre of infidelity.
| Original Score: 3/4
August 4, 2003
[T]his is a superb examination of a suburban marriage on the brink of collapse.
August 8, 2003
An intelligent, detailed reminder that it's usually better not to wait until something hurts to get it fixed.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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-
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