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Robert Parigi writes and directs the low-budget horror movie Love Object. Technical writer Kenneth (Desmond Harrington) is too shy to reveal his attraction to co-worker Lisa (Melissa Sagemiller). He's only able to relax after ordering Nikki, a Lisa-lookalike sex doll with realistic anatomy. The new, sexually fullfilled Kenneth develops the confidence to talk to the real-life Lisa, but Nikki gets jealous. Kenneth starts to confuse reality with fantasy, leading to violence and gore. Rip Torn and Udo Kier appear in a cameo roles. Love Object premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2003. ~… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The sort of clumsy undertaking that trips up everyone and everything in it."
‑ Mark Jenkins, Washington Post
"The movie reaches with increasing desperation toward humor and grisly sadism, and the mood is broken."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The film sends a false message about freaky sex."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Feels so depressingly vacant that it registers less as a film than as a pointed lesson in what not to do in the wacky world of non-traditional dating."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"You know you're having a bad day when you can't make a relationship work with your rubber doll - even with instructions...a nice little addition to the sick and twisted genre."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"Droll and modestly creepy horror film."
‑ , Los Angeles Times
"While some pedestrian camerawork and spotty acting from supporting players deflate Love Object, it has enough juice -- and a surprising twist -- to keep fans of the slow-burn horror genre enthralled."
‑ Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune
"As Kenneth dips into 'Norman Bates meets The Marquis de Sade' waters, horror fans will stand transfixed and will definitely not be disappointed by the shocking finale."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"The biggest potential pitfall is that Kenneth starts the film as such a weirdo that some audience members may have problems relating to him"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, Los Angeles CityBeat
"Has quite a bit to say about male fantasies."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"What's missing is any sense of why such a handsome man is afraid of women. That makes the premise hard to swallow, especially since Harrington is too commanding to be a believable dweeb."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"What might have been a commentary on the objectification of women becomes an unrestrained forum for twisted ideas of sexuality."
‑ Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle
"The comedy falls flat and the only real horror is having to sit through the whole damn thing."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
"Though you might admire bits and pieces of it, overall this movie is unlikely to be the object of anyone's affection."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
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