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8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
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  1. Richard
    Apr 2, 2003
    10
    I really enjoyed this film. Sure, it doesn't reinvent the male anxiety film wheel, and maybe the final reel's change of heart is slightly left fieldish. None of that changes the sharpness of the dialogue and the wonderful cast that gets to deliver it. The extended scene with Eisenberg, Scott, Beals and Berkley is a joy. Isabella Rossellini especially impresses in a small role. I really enjoyed this film. Sure, it doesn't reinvent the male anxiety film wheel, and maybe the final reel's change of heart is slightly left fieldish. None of that changes the sharpness of the dialogue and the wonderful cast that gets to deliver it. The extended scene with Eisenberg, Scott, Beals and Berkley is a joy. Isabella Rossellini especially impresses in a small role. Eisenberg is a real find, and Scott imbues his hostility with an interesting self-awareness. Why that guy isn't a bigger star is beyond me. Well-judged all around and more than worth your time. Expand
  2. HollywoodJedi
    Oct 25, 2002
    10
    What else can I say, but Campbell Scott's performance was nothing short of f..king spectacular. I only wish this movie was around when I was trying to get laid for the first time. Lord knows I tried, but I always seemed to fall flat on my face. Now today's youth has a new hero and his name is Roger! Go see this film!
  3. Brewcut
    Nov 13, 2002
    9
    Very sharp and funny with surprising depth. In a just world, Campbell Scott gets an Oscar (or at least a nom) for bringing heart to an essentially heartless cad. The women are especially smart and grounded characters, and 16 yr old nephew Nick holds out hope for a kinder, gentler style of manhood...but there are a lot of alpha guys like Roger out there. You just don't see them Very sharp and funny with surprising depth. In a just world, Campbell Scott gets an Oscar (or at least a nom) for bringing heart to an essentially heartless cad. The women are especially smart and grounded characters, and 16 yr old nephew Nick holds out hope for a kinder, gentler style of manhood...but there are a lot of alpha guys like Roger out there. You just don't see them portrayed so honestly in movies. Expand
  4. AlexanderR.
    Nov 6, 2002
    9
    Surprisingly good. Campbell Scott was fantastic as the bitter, single guy that is out to exploit single women. Eisenberg was relatively weak in the film and somewhat of a mis-cast.
  5. BronxvilleFilmFan
    Dec 6, 2002
    9
    The script is caustic, and hysterical--Dylan Kidd's observations on gender and sexual politics are incredibly provocative and exciting. Hats off, too, to Campbell Scott, who is nothing less than BRILLIANT as the titular character. He deserves every single accolade he gets during awards season, and more!
  6. MikeyG.
    Nov 23, 2002
    9
    Excellent, excellent flick. Campbell Scott definitely needs to get some award for his performance here. The material might be too edgy for the Oscars, but at least an Independent Spirit Award or something. The movie is bitingly funny and speaks truth in many different ways and levels. Considering the subject matter, it's surprising there's not much nudity. However, the little Excellent, excellent flick. Campbell Scott definitely needs to get some award for his performance here. The material might be too edgy for the Oscars, but at least an Independent Spirit Award or something. The movie is bitingly funny and speaks truth in many different ways and levels. Considering the subject matter, it's surprising there's not much nudity. However, the little bit shown is done well and has a purpose. Excellent movie, but don't go see it on a date. You'll never win the arguments that will ensue. Expand
  7. ChadS.
    Dec 28, 2002
    9
    Campbell Scott is so good here, we let it slide when the script gets soft and shows us that Roger actually has a heart of gold. It would've felt tacked on if Scott wasn't so brilliant. He bails Dylan Kidd out, who has a real flair for dialogue, but may have a weakness for happy endings. We'll see what he does next time out. His most impressive accomplishment? Getting career Campbell Scott is so good here, we let it slide when the script gets soft and shows us that Roger actually has a heart of gold. It would've felt tacked on if Scott wasn't so brilliant. He bails Dylan Kidd out, who has a real flair for dialogue, but may have a weakness for happy endings. We'll see what he does next time out. His most impressive accomplishment? Getting career performances out of Elizabeth Berkley and Jennifer Beals. The scene they share with Scott and his nephew at the park is absolutely perfect. Berkley skirts direct-to-video status for at least two more years. Expand
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. All three performances are excellent, in their different ways.
  2. A little too programmed in its despair, but it coasts along on the jagged music of the modern lothario's song.
  3. 70
    I was with Roger Dodger all the way until its vile hero had an 11th-hour burst of insight that defied all belief. I didn't buy it, but I do want his therapist's phone number.