The Secret Lives of Dentists
The Secret Lives of Dentists (2003)

Directed by Alan Rudolph, The Secret Lives of Dentists is based on a short story written by author Jane Smiley. With his loving wife Dana (Hope Davis), three daughters (Gianna Beleno, Cassidy Hinkle, Lydia Jordan), and a thriving dental… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 27, 2004
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A witty and honest look at marriage in decay.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Rudolph's fondness for angular, oblique characterization is ideally suited to the movie's incidental story of sublimated feelings and contradictory impulses.

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Roger Davidson
Orlando Sentinel

It's funny, honest enough to make you squirm and a film that may make you feel a little bit of the pain on the other side of that shrieking drill.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A profound study of lack of communication in a marriage with some great performances from Scott, Davis, and Leary.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Domestic scenes with the kids are drawn with letter-perfect naturalism.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

Rudolph's past work has been spotty, but his stress here on familial sovereignty is moving, as is his direction of the three children.

Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Retrata com sensibilidade o cotidiano de uma família em crise e representa mais uma prova dos talentos de Scott e Davis.

John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

There are movies that have a way of hitting you at a certain time in your life, and this study of being married with young children speaks in satisfying ways.

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

A faultlessly constructed, artistic look at love, loss and truths we can't ignore.

Kim Linekin

One of those quietly brilliant indies, so small in scope that it takes a little extra attention to appreciate how deeply it plunges into its characters.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
Not too popular on the fan metre but I actually enjoyed this film.There is a nice natural feel to the characters brimming with honesty.