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  • 50
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    A minor but sometimes touching documentary. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    An earnest but undeniably eye-rolling documentary about the denizens of this odd pocket of show business. show more

  • 70
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    The spotlight illuminates a well-chosen quintet of subjects, all wholesomely passionate practitioners of a readily dissed form of entertainment and each at a different point in their career. show more

  • 50
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Unpretentious, TV-style documentary. show more

  • 60
    Mark Keizer Boxoffice Magazine

    The resulting distillation is brisk, light and engaging with none of the cheap shots that usually accompany any discussion of ventriloquism. If anything, Goffman is too gentle, refusing to pursue his charges into their darker corners. show more

  • 40
    S. James Snyder Time Out New York

    Some ventriloquists win the fame game, while some remain stuck in the D-list dugout. The fact that Dumbstruck doesn't even attempt to differentiate these camps makes the film feel as if it's just talking out of the side of its mouth. show more

  • 50
    Village Voice

    All are compelling subjects, especially the disarmingly gifted and emotionally relatable Horn. But Goffman's either unwilling or incapable of getting them to move their lips to reveal enough of themselves, or of their artistry, to make the already overly familiar endeavor worth anyone's time. show more

  • 50
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    The writer and director, Mark Goffman, sticks to a no-frills style that makes the film feel longer than its 1 hour 24 minutes. show more

  • 50

    It's only natural that audiences should root for such characters to succeed, but since human nature also harbors a mean streak, it's peculiar that Dumbstruck doesn't better exploit the obvious humor of its eccentric subject. show more

  • 58
    The A.V. Club

    The film's tendency to pull away once its character start their performances adds to the sense that director Mark Goffman knows his money shots will showcase the vents' oddities rather than their acts. show more

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