The Secret Lives of Dentists
- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2003 1 Jan
Based on Jane Smiley's novella
David DiCerto (Catholic News Service) says, "Rudolph elicits nuanced performances in his mordantly humorous meditation on marital dysfunction. The film paints a darkly humorous, but ultimately compassionate, portrait of married life. The film … stresses friendship in marriage as the cornerstone of a loving and committed relationship, a gift shared by spouses long after white-hot sexual passions have cooled."
In The New York Observer, Andrew Sarris acclaims the film as "the most passionate defense of monogamy and marriage from a male perspective that I've ever seen in an American movie. Too many reviewers have undervalued the film." He praises "the wit, charm, tact and fluid grace of this exhilarating and yet also edifying entertainment.
Ted Baehr, who in his latest issue of Movieguide says that SARS, mad cow disease, and crop blights are God's judgment on Canada, agrees that
Alan Rudolph's latest film earns Leary's praise as well: "