Dummy (2003)

The sophomore effort from writer and director Greg Pritikin, who previously co-directed and acted in 1998's Totally Confused, Dummy stars Oscar winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist, Summer of Sam) as Steven, a recently unemployed… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: September 12, 2003
DVD Release Date: February 17, 2004
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Dummy is a sweet family comedy that succeeds due to charming performances, even if the final product feels slightly undercooked.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Definitely lives down to its name -- you can see the lips moving on this wooden thing.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

What could have been a biting dark comedy is, instead, uninspired and generic.

Jordan Hiller

Pritikin may be asking his audience to pay attention and embrace small successes, but with Dummy, he has pulled off a great one.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

[T]he best ventriloquist -stalker -family-drama -romantic -comedy I've seen in, well maybe forever.

Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

Brody is a real talent, and Illeana Douglas is a riot as his older sister.

Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative

Pritikin's movie succeeds...thanks to its spirited, oddball humor and winning performances

Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger

Pritikin's shrewd comedy-drama catches a fine flock of family emotions on the wing, and not the over-exposed ones.

Dave Kehr
New York Times

A mildly engaging addition to that curious sub-genre of American independent filmmaking, the whimsical comedy of Long Island alienation.

Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Like its mini-mouthpiece, as pleasantly entertaining as Dummy often is, this ultimately hollow film sounds a few too many wooden notes and creaky jokes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Its contrived and sometimes, er, wooden, but the characterizations and charm are better than the flaws in this typical romcom where the eternal nerd eventually… More
Morgan Salem
This was a great movie!! If you love adriend Brody or even if you dont like him I highly highly recommend seeing this movie. So much quirky comedy. Milla… More
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It's awkward humor that works. Milla Jovovich, as Fanny/Fangora, the consummate clueless wannabe rockstar, is brilliant, and you'd never know it from… More
_kelly .King
Milla Jovovich steals the spotlight in the primary supporting role as a wannabe punk rocker learning how to play Klezmer for her first gig (a wedding). Adrien… More
Conner Rainwater
I actually really admire that Adrien Brody chose to follow up The Pianist with Dummy. This movie is all kinds of bizarre and really nails a sense of awkwardness… More
Tim Salmons
Enlightening and funny.

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