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If mom or dad ask what you want to be when you grow up, and you answer, 'a ventriloquist,' chances are they will a) question your sanity, b) have you locked up, c) be thrilled because they've just seen the delightful new documentary, DUMBSTRUCK. The journey begins at the annual Vent Haven convention in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky, ventriloquism capitol of the world (now you know where to take your next vacation). The film focuses on five 'vents', who are quirky enough to star in Christopher Guest's BEST IN SHOW. But they are real, and their stories are deeply human and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Quirky, if uneven."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"What a bunch of dummies."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"While the filmmakers do a good job showcasing their subjects' talents, I found the movie a bit lacking in exploring their personal lives and motivations."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
""Dumbstruck" will give you an appreciation in the effort and talent needed to be a ventriloquist."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"This winning documentary about people and their puppets proves both absorbing and moving."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"The world of ventriloquists is a fascinating one (especially if you, too, once had your own mail-order Mortimer Snerd dummy). And it comes to real life in the gentle documentary "Dumbstruck.""
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"An earnest but undeniably eye-rolling documentary about the denizens of this odd pocket of show business."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"I imagine there is an audience that's dying to find out where the next great ventriloquist is coming from, but "Dumbstruck" does not have much appeal for folks who aren't already fascinated by this topic."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Instead of shooting for real insight, the smoothly-edited doc maintains a pleasant course, as troubled artists continually navigate between compromise and concession."
‑ Mark Keizer, Boxoffice Magazine
"A grounded, sometimes painfully honest look at a group of people dedicating themselves to a profession that the rest of the world doesn't completely understand."
‑ Ethan Alter, NYC Film Critic
""Dumbstruck" is a documentary tailor-made for dummies and those who love them dearly."
‑ Sean O'Connell, Washington Post
"The writer and director, Mark Goffman, sticks to a no-frills style that makes the film feel longer than its 1 hour 24 minutes."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Doesn't plumb much below the surface of the subject, but remains an interesting curiosity."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Dumbstruck actually pays more convincing tribute to those willing to honor their interior calling regardless of the hardship."
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
"You may roll your eyes -- but damn, when that dummy belts out "At Last," it's much more likely your jaw will drop."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
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