Dumbstruck (2011)

If mom or dad ask what you want to be when you grow up, and you answer, 'a ventriloquist,' chances are they will a) question your sanity, b) have you locked up, c) be thrilled because they've just seen the delightful new… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 22, 2011
DVD Release Date: July 19, 2011
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

Quirky, if uneven.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

What a bunch of dummies.

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Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

While the filmmakers do a good job showcasing their subjects' talents, I found the movie a bit lacking in exploring their personal lives and motivations.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

The world of ventriloquists is a fascinating one (especially if you, too, once had your own mail-order Mortimer Snerd dummy). And it comes to real life in the gentle documentary "Dumbstruck."

Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

An earnest but undeniably eye-rolling documentary about the denizens of this odd pocket of show business.

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

I imagine there is an audience that's dying to find out where the next great ventriloquist is coming from, but "Dumbstruck" does not have much appeal for folks who aren't already fascinated by this topic.

Sean O'Connell
Washington Post

"Dumbstruck" is a documentary tailor-made for dummies and those who love them dearly.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

The writer and director, Mark Goffman, sticks to a no-frills style that makes the film feel longer than its 1 hour 24 minutes.

Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Doesn't plumb much below the surface of the subject, but remains an interesting curiosity.

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Another wedge of American culture is tilled in this documentary, which starts at the VentHaven Convention of Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky, an annual meeting place for… More