Roger Dodger
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Writer/director Dylan Kidd got a chance to make his script for Roger Dodger into a feature film when he boldly approached Campbell Scott in a café in Greenwich Village and made his pitch. Eventually, Scott would agree to executive produce and star in the film, and was responsible for bringing Jennifer Beals and Isabella Rossellini onboard. Scott stars as the eponymous Roger, a successful New York ad man and self-proclaimed master of reading and manipulating women. The film begins with Roger out for drinks with his co-workers and demonstrating his verbal gifts. "Words are my stock in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"A fascinating, uneven first feature from the young writer-director Dylan Kidd."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Doesn't really add up to much."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Scott's hilariously hateful hauteur is able to counteract some falsely fuzzy notes in the ending."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Kidd's story is a bitter pill to swallow - many will find the portrayal of Roger as some kind of hero bizarre."
‑ Annette Dasey, Teletext
"...Rogers's mouth never stops shut about the war between the sexes and how to win the battle."
‑ Moira Sullivan, Movie Magazine International
"We journey from appreciating Roger as the ideal over-drinks conversationalist to someone we would cross the street to avoid."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Roger Dodger is an impressive first-time effort by Dylan Kidd, the director and writer. But like the teen in the movie who is trying to lose his virginity, the film never quite scores."
‑ , Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Some have condemned this film for 'filthy content.' That's like condemning a hospital for being a place of disease. Kidd deals with 'filth' the way a surgeon treats a tumor."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Blatantly arrogant, unapologetically misogynistic, morally repugnant, and absolutely hypnotic. All these descriptions and more can be applied to the character of Roger Swanson (Campbell Scott)"
‑ Brian Mckay,
"Other than the slightly flawed (and fairly unbelievable) finale, everything else is top shelf."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"Scott's low-key portrayal makes Roger interesting."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"Even at its grimmest, the movie hums along, thanks to the edgy, hand-held, on-the-fly cinematography and the snappy performances."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"The dialogue addresses our expectations, gets us laughing and stops the movie from becoming too obvious a character study."
‑ Ian Waldron-Mantgani, UK Critic
"Kidd says he wants the extras to act as a 'film school in a box,' but the overall effect is more 'it takes a village,' indie-style ..."
‑ Cheryl Maday, Premiere Magazine
"The best American debut since Reservoir Dogs."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
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