Dopamine (film)

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Release poster
Directed by Mark Decena
Produced by Tad Fettig
Debbie Brubaker
Written by Mark Decena
Timothy Breitbach
Starring John Livingston
Sabrina Lloyd
Music by Eric Holland
Cinematography Robert Humphreys
Edited by Jessica Congdon
Kontent Films
Distributed by Sundance Channel
Release date
  • October 3, 2003 (2003-10-03)
Running time
84 minutes
Language English
Box office $22,875

Dopamine is a 2003 romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Mark Decena.


Rand is a computer animator, who has created an artificial intelligence creature designed to interact with children and teach them responsibility. When his prototype is forced into practice at a school, Rand encounters Sarah, a teacher he was inexplicably drawn to, at his favorite bar one fateful evening. Sparks fly between them, but fundamental differences in their approaches to love and relationships slow them down to a halt.


  • John Livingston as Rand
  • Sabrina Lloyd as Sarah
  • Bruno Campos as Winston
  • Rueben Grundy as Johnson
  • Kathleen Antonia as Tammy
  • Nicole Wilder as Machiko
  • William Windom as Rand's father
  • Dennis Yen as Toru


Dopamine received mixed reviews; it currently holds a 51% rating on Rotten Tomatoes[1] and a 52/100 rating on Metacritic, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[2] The film received one film award and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival.[3] It received mixed and mediocre reviews from popular movie critics.



  1. ^ Dopamine at Rotten Tomatoes
  2. ^ Dopamine at Metacritic
  3. ^ Livingston, John; Lloyd, Sabrina; Campos, Bruno; Grundy, Rueben (2003-01-23), Dopamine, retrieved 2017-03-19 
  4. ^ "Sundance Film Festival Films Honored 1985-2007" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-02-26. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 

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Alfred P. Sloan Prize Winner
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