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  • Summary: Dedication is a modern love story in which the misanthropic, emotionally complex author of a hit children's book series is forced to team with a beautiful illustrator after his best friend and creative collaborator passes away. As Henry struggles with letting go of the ghosts of love and life, he discovers that maybe all it takes is a little dedication to find love. (The Weinstein Company) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 19
  2. Negative: 5 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Joshua Katzman
    80
    Actor Justin Theroux makes an impressive directorial debut, aided by David Bromberg's mordantly funny dialogue.
  2. Dedication works anyway, thanks to Theroux's jumping visuals and Crudup's jumpy performance.
  3. 67
    Dedication would've been better if it had stuck to its disreputable guns instead of going all mushy and predictable, and slathering an emo soundtrack over everything.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Sid Smith
    50
    Frame by frame, Crudup is fascinating.
  6. 50
    A strong cast that flounders in profoundly unappealing material.
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    30
    Theroux and company could be said to be "Garden State"-ing, or trying to. Instead of that film's sheen of the touchingly weird, Dedication finds a whole lot of the coldly dumb.

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