Dean (2017)

Writer/Director/Comedian Demetri Martin stars alongside Academy Award winner Kevin Kline in this comedic and heartfelt tale about a father and son coming to terms with love, loss and everything in between. Dean (Martin) is an illustrator… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: June 2, 2017
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Dean's light touch with heavy themes -- and a talented cast led by writer-director-star Demetri Martin -- help compensate for the familiar story's narrative drift.

Adam Graham
Detroit News

It's about imperfections and dealing with the moment, and how the aftermath of death helps shape the way we handle life.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

While the direction is capable, the writing isn't nearly as sharp as it needs to be.

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Robert Denerstein
Denerstein Unleashed

Mildly amusing and nicely acted by the supporting players, Dean nonetheless doesn't feel like a big-screen breakthrough for Martin, who doesn't dig deeply enough into the movie's most interesting element: undigested grief.

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David Ehrlich

The lessons that Dean learns are pat and predictable, but this disarmingly winsome film is comfortable in the knowledge that universal truths can be the hardest things for people to discover for themselves.

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Glenn Kenny

A movie with which it is easy to find fault, and if you're a particular kind of person, you'll find fault with it without even trying too hard.

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Josh Terry
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It may not be the first movie you run off to the theater to see - probably not on a first date, anyway - but its high points are high enough to justify a look.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

[Demetri Martin] makes the transition into feature filmmaking as writer, director and star with just the right blend of humor and heartbreak.

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

A likable, slightly lightweight comedy about loss, grief, love, and the unbreakable bonds between fathers and sons.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A touching dramedy about the different styles of grief.

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