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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

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"Actor Justin Theroux makes an impressive directorial debut, aided by David Bromberg's mordantly funny dialogue."
‑ Joshua Katzman, Chicago Reader
"Directed by actor Justin Theroux with a surprisingly saccharine hand, the film is neither believable nor novel."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Dedication's problem isn't its idealized conception of love but the thoroughly unconvincing way in which it is realized."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"Theroux shoots and edits creatively, and elicits good performances, so here's hoping he gets another crack behind the camera with a more cohesive and consistent script."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"Stridently annoying."
‑ Peter Sobczynski,
"It leaves you wishing the oddball couple well."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"Billy Crudup and Mandy Moore are immensely likable. We like them so much we regret having to see them in this story."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"That's what it takes to make it through this self-consciously dark romantic comedy."
‑ Geoff Berkshire,
"Dedication is a loopy, semi-romantic comedy better served had it been made by Hal Hartley and released during the autumn of 1994."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Crudup exhibits admirable restraint. The story would be more compelling, however, had we not seen the same thing before in As Good as It Gets."
‑ Gianni Truzzi, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"[Director Theroux] has a tendency to overplay things, with self-consciously arty direction and an intrusive soundtrack."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Theroux brings none of the electric surprise or intensity of his acting to bear on the movie. He seems unhappy with the assignment."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"It restores one's faith in Mandy Moore's film career."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Will help Moore get additional notice within the industry, from writers, directors and other creative types who pay attention."
‑ Brent Simon,
"An ordinary boy-gets-girl movie, and not a particularly interesting one."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
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