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  • Summary: With a blend of humor and realism, director Alan Rudolph prods at the complexities, paradoxes and tender beauties of marriage. (Manhattan Pictures International)

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  1. Positive: 32 out of 35
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  1. Don't let unpleasant personal dental associations stand in the way of seeing a luminous specimen of independent filmmaking.
  2. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    90
    This portrait of a failing marriage is one of the summer's great discoveries, and a marvel of mercurial intimacy.
  3. 88
    Scott and Davis could not be better. You're in for something special.
  4. The climax, however, is far superior here, open-ended and ambiguous and neatly linked to this film's recurring metaphor: Teeth, of course, which "outlast everything," which survive the death of the body just as marriage can survive the demise of love. They both endure, yellowed and rootless.
  5. 75
    Campbell Scott creates a new movie anti-hero -- the weak silent type -- and goes all the way with it in The Secret Lives of Dentists.
  6. It has almost no story: its claim on our interest is in the texture of family life, which is what really fills the screen.

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  3. Negative: 2 out of 6

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