Dot the I (2003) - Rotten Tomatoes

Dot the I (2003)



Critic Consensus: dot the i starts out as a standard love triangle, but last minute revelations turn the movie into a gimmick.

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Young Spanish flamenco dancer Carmen (Natalia Verbeke), who lives in London, is on the verge of marrying Barnaby (James D'Arcy). By happenstance, she meets Kit (Gael Garcia Bernal), a Brazilian actor, the night before her wedding and ends up kissing him. What follows is subterfuge galore (to cover up their budding lust). Better cross a few of those &NFi;t&NFi_;'s, too! Costars Charlie Cox and Tom Hardy. Matthew Parkhill directs.

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Natalia Verbeke
as Carmen Colazzo
James D'Arcy
as Barnaby R. Caspian
Yves Aubert
as Maitre D'
Myfanwy Waring
as Carmen's Friend
Jonathan Kydd
as Burger Bar Manager
Michael Elwyn
as Hotel Manager
Len Collin
as Hotel Security
John Pearson
as Kit's Father
Tito Heredia
as Flamenco Guitarist
Olayo Gimenez
as Flamenco Singer
Mark Spalding
as Policeman
Paul Shelley
as Presenter
Graham McTavish
as Detective 1
Michael Nardone
as Detective 2
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Critic Reviews for Dot the I

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (24)

As much as it tries to be a smart, postmodern indie film, dot the i is pure Hollywood fluff.

August 18, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/5

Parkhill tries to keep new blood pulsing through the film, but the movie stalls by its third act, where he plays a trick that seems more desperate than fresh.

June 10, 2005 | Rating: 2/4

Take a long, hard look at Parkhill's film, and you'll find too many i's undotted.

May 20, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4

While stylishly done, Parkhill's script isn't nearly as clever as he thinks it is, and the sucker punch near the end lacks, well, punch.

April 28, 2005 | Rating: D+

Dot the I doesn't suffer from a lack of skill. Rather it becomes a lesson in the pitfalls of moviemaking that runs on cleverness and too little else.

April 15, 2005 | Rating: C

It plays like the last paragraph of one of those Encyclopedia Brown stories, where the solution is an unknown twin brother or the wrong-sized footprint.

April 15, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dot the I

Starts off predictably, then gets interesting towards the end but only slightly interesting. Worth the worth for Gael Garcia Bernal..but that's about it.

Sarah Gaish
Sarah Gaish

Super Reviewer

In general, to avoid "spoiler reviews," I try to spend most of my time talking specifically about act one and talk in generalities about acts two and three. Act one of Dot the I sucks. We get relatively uninteresting characters, and it is obvious that the film is trying to set up a thriller plot-line, but we're never given any real clues to build the suspense. Acts two and three rock! The thriller plot-line manifests and turns this film into a brutal version of The Shape of Things. I especially liked the satire of the independent film industry, and that's about all I can say without spoiling the prestige. Verbeke is a beautiful, doe-eyed innocent with a flash of the bad girl here and there; she makes for an alluring screen presence, but I don't see much depth in her performance. D'Arcy is fantastic in acts two and three, but he's as boring as the film in act one. In the few Bernal films I've seen, he does a Mexican imitation of Jim Carrey and Zach Braff, but he is able to keep that annoying side of his acting under control for most of Dot the I. Overall, if it were possible to skip the first forty-five minutes and still understand the film, I'd suggest it.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


This is a big champagne budget movie done on a beer budget. Seeing how the story is told with what appears to be several beginners at the helm made it even more fun and bordered on artistic for me! It was an enjoyable movie to pass some time watching.

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

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