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The sophomore effort from writer and director Greg Pritikin, who previously co-directed and acted in 1998's Totally Confused, Dummy stars Oscar winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist, Summer of Sam) as Steven, a recently unemployed ne'er-do-well who has difficulty expressing himself. Steven's best friend is Fanny, an aspiring singer played by Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element, Resident Evil) who, along with Steven, is just looking for her niche. Eventually Fanny takes a shine to Yiddish music and Steven finds he has a knack for ventriloquism. Through his newfound talent, Steven discovers… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Definitely lives down to its name -- you can see the lips moving on this wooden thing."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"What could have been a biting dark comedy is, instead, uninspired and generic."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Pritikin may be asking his audience to pay attention and embrace small successes, but with Dummy, he has pulled off a great one."
‑ Jordan Hiller, Bangitout.com
"Set at an odd pitch, one best described as shrill."
‑ Katrina Onstad, National Post
"Dummy might have been a better movie if Greg Pritikin had done a few more rewrites on his script, and if he'd had more than a few weeks in which to shoot it."
‑ Shirley Sealy, Film Journal International
"[T]he best ventriloquist -stalker -family-drama -romantic -comedy I've seen in, well maybe forever."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Brody is a real talent, and Illeana Douglas is a riot as his older sister."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"Pritikin's movie succeeds...thanks to its spirited, oddball humor and winning performances"
‑ Jay Antani, Los Angeles Alternative
"The characters are all strangely endearing, and the real pleasure of the movie is just watching them interact."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"It's a sweetly sad and sadly funny tale, conceived with quirky sensitivity, but, though its actors are adept, it only just hangs together, like a sitcom still in rehearsal stages."
‑ Bridget Byrne, Boxoffice Magazine
"Pritikin's shrewd comedy-drama catches a fine flock of family emotions on the wing, and not the over-exposed ones."
‑ Bob Campbell, Newark Star-Ledger
"A mildly engaging addition to that curious sub-genre of American independent filmmaking, the whimsical comedy of Long Island alienation."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Times
"Like its mini-mouthpiece, as pleasantly entertaining as Dummy often is, this ultimately hollow film sounds a few too many wooden notes and creaky jokes."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Surprisingly endearing in moments thanks to finely tuned comic performances, especially from Brody."
‑ Justin Hartung, Citysearch
"It's repetitive and obvious but somehow endearing, like a truly ugly dog with sweet eyes."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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