Welcome to the Dollhouse Synopsis
An awkward youngster (Heather Matarazzo) endures the torment of seventh grade.
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San Francisco Examiner

Todd Solondz's grand prize winner at this year's Sundance Film Festival lapses into satire, but its parodistic slant only exaggerates what...
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
But I'm making Welcome to the Dollhouse sound like some sort of grim sociological study, and in fact it's a funny, intensely entertaining...
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
But Solondz also creates keen portraits of the participating characters in Dawn's daily drama. (The only downside: The drama veers...
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89

Austin Chronicle

By Steve Davis
As Dawn, Matarazzo isn't afraid to evoke the horrors of puberty with a straightforward charmlessness: She's gawky, unhappy, and confused,...
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Welcome to the Dollhouse does, with accessible dark comedy and chilling honesty, reminding us right off that school-cafeteria agonies only...
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88

TV Guide

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Hilarious and stunningly frank, writer-director Todd Solondz's evocation of awkward adolescence is a bracing antidote to the counterfeit...
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80

Empire

By Caroline Westbrook
It may not be to everybody's taste, but this is a daring antidote to its more saccharine cousins.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Todd Solondz's movie begins like a suburban ugly-duckling tale with many comic overtones, but it grows darker as it goes along, evoking...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
Solondz ("Fear, Anxiety and Depression") is almost unrelenting in his quirky fixation with the adolescent outsider and he pursues visions of...
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
In this impressive debut, Solonz doesn't pull any punches in conveying the side of junior high that "The Wonder Years" never depicted: the...
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Rated R
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ A dark look at adolescence; not for kids.
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