(2007)

Critic Reviews

50

Metascore

Based on 19 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
A pleasingly weird, dryly funny little indie.
70
This is a decent flick, it is just I have seen this a few times before.
60
Directorially, Dedication is a bit of a mess, unable to settle on a tone or visual style. But it leaves you wishing the oddball couple well.
50
Variety
Individual scenes in actor Justin Theroux's directorial debut possess a certain flair, but the central issue on which the story turns -- how obnoxious and mean-spirited can you be and still get someone to love you? -- presents a forbidding obstacle.
50
A strong cast that flounders in profoundly unappealing material.
50
A movie that reveals its toxic intentions only gradually. Until it does, there is much to enjoy in the prickly odd-couple relationship of Henry (Billy Crudup) and Rudy (Tom Wilkinson), successful writing partners and longtime friends.
50
Chicago Tribune
Frame by frame, Crudup is fascinating.
38
It's a romantic comedy, though neither funny nor romantic. It's a ghost story, though not scary. It's a satire about publishing, but without teeth.
30
Village Voice
"Inland Empire's" Justin Theroux pops his directorial cherry with this obnoxious Sundance throwaway, a by-the-numbers romantic comedy that mistakenly believes it's either too quirky or too irreverent to be a by-the-numbers romantic comedy.
30
Tiresome, pretentious.

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