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  • Summary: Jill Soloway and Sarah Gubbins' adaptation of Chris Kraus' novel how a professor named Dick (Kevin Bacon) changes the lives of a New York filmmaker (Kathryn Hahn) and her husband (Griffin Dunne) in Marfa, Texas.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    May 9, 2017
    100
    Repeated viewings may help get all the details, grace-note references to artists like Kara Walker and various feminist filmmakers, but this is not a series that will ever leave you feeling satisfied. Dick will leave you as Jill Soloway intends: restless, provoked, unsettled. In this case, that translates to television greatness.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    May 11, 2017
    88
    I Love Dick will not speak to everyone. But for those inclined or willing to listen, there’s a fascinating story here about the power of art to open our eyes, and the power of an artist to transform herself and the world around her.
  3. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    May 11, 2017
    83
    What’s here is rich and compelling, sure to stir discussion, and a worthy extension of the groundbreaking book that inspired it.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    May 9, 2017
    80
    An extremely smart, wildly eccentric and very adult comedy. And if Bacon is bringing the heat, then Hahn is the aching, searching heart of this series.
  5. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    May 13, 2017
    70
    I Love Dick doesn't have a safe bone in its body, salacious allusion definitely intended.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    May 9, 2017
    70
    It’s the kind of show I would never begrudge someone for absolutely hating. The only thing I would argue is that you should give it time. Like the works of some of the filmmakers involved in its production, it’s trying to shock and challenge you, and that kind of show can take some time to work for a viewer.
  7. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jan 24, 2017
    40
    The nexus between Dick, Chris and Sylvere is, through three episodes, boring and not entirely believable or a story that seems worth the ride, perhaps more of Devon and Toby would be a good idea. Or a show about them, sans both Dick and dick.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jul 15, 2017
    9
    The actors are way stronger then the plot so it's pretty good. Interesting, binge-watched it all in one day.. People motivated by the need toThe actors are way stronger then the plot so it's pretty good. Interesting, binge-watched it all in one day.. People motivated by the need to to create instead of money. Kind of funny also. Expand
  2. Jun 16, 2017
    9
    Unexpected genius. At first, I feared this was new age claptrap or artsy nonsense but as you learn why you dislike certain characters youUnexpected genius. At first, I feared this was new age claptrap or artsy nonsense but as you learn why you dislike certain characters you understand the emotional context of others. it is strangely transformational, pokes fun at self-importance and deconstructs perceptions while being a wry examination of obsession and how art is created. What some find vital is so often not universal. What others accept as gospel bears closer examination The achingly painful protagonist finds facing reality exceeds any pretense. And that changes reality. Without giving much away. Intelligent, amusing, annoying and yet satisfying. Expand
  3. May 14, 2017
    8
    'I Love Dick' has a powerful message and some episodes are really creative, plus Kathryn Hahn is extraordinary; but sometimes it gets too'I Love Dick' has a powerful message and some episodes are really creative, plus Kathryn Hahn is extraordinary; but sometimes it gets too complicated to follow, but this is still worth the look. Expand
  4. May 21, 2017
    5
    After looking forward to this series for months, I bailed out after 4 episods. I was expecting smart and funny and provocative--all theAfter looking forward to this series for months, I bailed out after 4 episods. I was expecting smart and funny and provocative--all the alluring adjectives the critics used--but I would have settled for smart-assed and somewhat original. Instead, "I Love Dick" is mostly dull. Occasional flashes of visual wit (most featuring Kevin Bacon and livestock) break the tedium and, for me at least, gesture toward the better series that could have been. I haven’t read the book, so I can’t say whether the TV version was too faithful or not faithful enough to its source, but I’d guess the former.

    The series tries to satirize the pretentious artists and theoreticians of academia, but most of its jokes seem ham-fisted. Example: at a cocktail party, a Holocaust researcher is told he must meet a board president because she “is a huge fan of the Holocaust.” Ha ha ha, aren't those pretentious twits clueless? What’s interesting about real academics is their exasperating mix of intelligence and stupidity, but the characters in "I Love Dick" are mostly just stupid. Worse, they’re flat, even for sitcom characters. They’re like old-fashioned comic protagonists--myopic, histrionic, and self-absorbed--but without the usual endearing qualities. Imagine Lucy Ricardo sans naiveté, enthusiasm, and affection for others. Not interesting.

    The “provocative” part is supposed to be all of the sex, which breaks with TV precedent by being ugly, clumsy, and unpleasant to watch. While I too am weary of coitus that proceeds from passionate first kiss to explosive simultaneous orgasm in 30 perfectly choreographed seconds, I’m also not eager to view more “realistic” sex (beyond a certain point) unless it advances a plot line or deepens a character. At least with conventional TV coitus, you know exactly how much time you have to grab a snack before the story picks up again.

    I haven’t said anything nice abou "I Live Dick," so why do I give this series a 5? Because Amazon is trying, at least. Some of its original offerings explore domains other than the usual hospital, courtroom, and/or police station, and, when they get it right (as with “Mozart in the Jungle”), the result feels really fresh. For some reason, academia has been a difficult culture for TV to crack, which is presumably why so many professor characters turn their hands to (surprise!) solving crimes. If Amazon wants to try again, they could start with David Lodge’s “Changing Places” or another truly funny satire of academic life. There are quite a few that would make good series.
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