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  • Summary: In his feature debut, director/co-writer Mark Milgard delivers a powerfully authentic look at young love and a poetic exploration of how love - romantic, filial, platonic - frees and heals. (Ruth Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    First-time director Mark Milgard displays enormous promise and a surprisingly sensitive touch with this beautifully rendered tragedy.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    80
    A perceptive character drama both delicate and tragic.
  3. Reviewed by: Brad Slager
    80
    The two young leads--Vincent Kartheiser and Taryn Manning--bring a sense of reality to their roles. This combines with Milgard’s direction and choice of backdrops to make Dandelion an unassuming journey.
  4. 60
    Atmosphere trumps plot throughout, enabling the movie to survive an unfortunate, if inevitable, final-act turn.
  5. Like its troubled protagonists, Mark Milgard's ultra-sensitive ode to adolescent angst is equal parts earnest and awkward. Should you happen to be a 15-year-old girl, you'll adore it.
  6. So much care has been taken to build a mood of hushed suspense that the rushed, tragic conclusion, in which too little is shown and too little explained, leaves you deeply unsatisfied.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    38
    It's easy to spot a failed tearjerker, though: All the characters are sobbing all over each other while the people in the audience check their watches.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. ChadS.
    May 16, 2006
    7
    "Dandelion" is a little like Hillary Birmingham's "Tully", but unrelentingly sad. If it wasn't for the filmmaker's predilection for pointing his camera towards nature, this indie weepie would be intolerable. [***SPOILERS***] Early in the film, Mason(Vincent Kartheiser) goes to jail for his old man, and the mystery surrounding this sacrifice is what may very well keep the audience from nodding off for the remaining hour. Kartheiser is still another actor who obviously studied Johnny Depp's early film work, which is in essence, be a sympathetic and likable mute. And sure enough, Mason is sympathetic and likable. Expand

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