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Mark Decena makes his directorial debut with the romantic comedy Dopamine. In San Francisco during the economic heyday of computer technology, Rand (John Livingston) works as a software designer. He and his co-workers, Winston (Bruno Campos) and Johnson (Reuben Grundy), have created a toy called Koy Koy, an A.I. cyber-pet that can respond to its owner's voice. Rand's love life hasn't been very productive, especially because his father (William Windom) has been repeatedly telling him that love is just a series of chemical reactions ever since his mother was diagnosed with… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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?"
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"... a near miss ..."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"...gut-wrenchingly awful--should be avoided at all cost. Rated R 84 mins. (D-)http://www.colesmith"
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Evocatively captures the uncertainties of being in your 20s, and the bars and cafes its characters inhabit."
‑ Paul Sherman, Boston Herald
"Has several parallel storylines, and all of them work."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"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."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"While there's nothing terribly wrong with it, there's not much that's memorable either."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"It's all talk and very little action. And unfortunately, most of the talk consists of thesis statements disguised as dialogue."
‑ Kent Turner,
"Never seems to say something important about love that it tries desperately to get to."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Decena treats everything with a slick, cold-edged elegance."
‑ Peter Debruge, Premiere Magazine
"An amiably slight independent film that probably should have gone directly to the Sundance Channel."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"Decena hooks us with these characters from the start and makes us believe in their pain and longing."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"The film has an unfinished feel, and plays like a film 101 outing."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Likable but utterly forgettable."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
‑ Jules Brenner,
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