Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    88
    The less you know going in, the more you'll enjoy it. Suffice it to say that it's a hugely entertaining thriller disguised as a chick flick.
  2. 75
    dot the i is like one of those nests of Chinese boxes within boxes. The outer box is a love story.
  3. It's fun junk. And it doesn't satisfy. Dot the I is a weird, pretty film with a dumb script, a skilled cast and a good twist, plus one hot sex scene and one brilliant scene-chew by D'Arcy.
  4. Reviewed by: Jessica Reaves
    63
    Despite some moments of genuine tension, Dot the i walks (and occasionally hops right over) a very fine line between thriller/drama and parody.
  5. Satisfies and disturbs in just about equal measure.
  6. You can't have as many twists and turns in a story as dot the i without testing the audience's patience, and losing it before delivering the punch line.
  7. A clever, atmospheric romantic drama that lacks something.
  8. The movie is in love with its own story loops and fancy, pop-dream cinematography from Almodóvar associate Affonso Beato, which is fine; it's also in love with its own indie-culture cleverness, which isn't.
  9. 40
    Its seductive stylishness is undermined by one narrative twist too many; by the time the last revelation has been unveiled with a "But wait!" flourish, the contrivances have entirely overwhelmed the characters.
  10. The actors are all good, although not much rapport is conveyed, despite one hot sex scene.
  11. 40
    Parkhill's heart seems to belong to 1940s film noir, where a lonely man could be driven half-mad by the sight of a mystery woman performing a hot flamenco dance, a scene Parkhill stages here to unintentional titter-inducing effect.
  12. 40
    Along with his tedious array of tricks and twists, Parkhill stuffs the film with enough dizzying flashbacks, camera jitters and rock-and-roll editing techniques to drive a 14-year-old MTV addict nuts.
  13. First-time writer-director Matthew Parkhill prefers to lean on clever plot devices, amp up the roles of the movie's sideline jesters, crank up the static noise and fail to notice that his engaging little romance has broken with reality and veered into hollow pastiche.
  14. If Dot the i, the directorial debut of Matthew Parkhill, has a crass visual flash, it fails to give its characters any credible substance. Even after it purports to eviscerate their psyches, they remain diagrammatic contrivances.
  15. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    40
    But behind its slick veneer and the glibness of its preposterous premise and dark twists, there's a yawning absence of charm or substance in this London-set love triangle, as well as a lack of chemistry between its three leads.
  16. Its trickery might seem cute or clever to viewers who don't take either movies or people very seriously, but to me it recalled cynical "puzzle" films like "Memento" and "Irreversible," with no reason to exist apart from its gimmick.
  17. 30
    The plot's profound implausibility wouldn't matter if the ideas and emotions behind it had any power.
  18. 30
    The movie finally undermines all pretensions of satire with its geeky eagerness to subvert expectations.
  19. 30
    Indeed it looks as if this otherwise straight-to-video endeavor, which was made in 2003, is being released only to cash in on Bernal's of-the-moment-ness in Hollywood.
  20. 25
    A deplorable piece of cynicism whose only point of interest is Gael Garcia Bernal's accent
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. May 4, 2013
    10
    Very entertaining movie that kept me guessing to the end, clever and bittersweet and good. but this movie have some magic for movie mania. Tom hardy have some skill. Full Review »
  2. RobW.
    Feb 16, 2006
    9
    If you like indie style movies, you'll like this movie. The critics were much too negative on this one. The story is unique, the acting is good, and the editing is excellent. Full Review »
  3. JustinV.
    Jan 21, 2006
    7
    The critics were a little too harsh, this wasn't a bad movie. Interesting, twisted and well acted, although a different female actress should have been chosen. Full Review »