• Released
  • April 15, 2011
  • PG , 1 hr 25 min
  • Documentary
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Dumbstruck Synopsis
Five ventriloquists discuss their emotional attachments to their dummies.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
The spotlight illuminates a well-chosen quintet of subjects, all wholesomely passionate practitioners of a readily dissed form of...
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60

Boxoffice Magazine

By Mark Keizer
The resulting distillation is brisk, light and engaging with none of the cheap shots that usually accompany any discussion of...
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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...
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50

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Unpretentious, TV-style documentary.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
A minor but sometimes touching documentary.
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50

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
The writer and director, Mark Goffman, sticks to a no-frills style that makes the film feel longer than its 1 hour 24 minutes.
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50

Variety

It's only natural that audiences should root for such characters to succeed, but since human nature also harbors a mean streak, it's...
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50

Village Voice

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All are compelling subjects, especially the disarmingly gifted and emotionally relatable Horn. But Goffman's either unwilling or incapable...
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40

Time Out New York

By S. James Snyder
Some ventriloquists win the fame game, while some remain stuck in the D-list dugout. The fact that Dumbstruck doesn't even attempt to...
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
An earnest but undeniably eye-rolling documentary about the denizens of this odd pocket of show business.
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Rated PG | For Brief Suggestive Humor