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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. The music is sensational, the energy level high, and Down and Out With the Dolls is a wise and funny treat.
  2. The movie belongs to the women, and they perform with attitude and power.
  3. Reviewed by: Pat Harrison
    70
    One thing that separates undie from indie is bad acting. Bring it on! There are some stinky performances here, and stinky moments in the script. Great! If it don't stink it ain't punk rock. I'd rather dig the tunes and remember deadpan deliveries.
  4. 50
    The performances are rough and sometimes amateurish, but that works in the film's favor more often than it doesn't -- there's none of the false slickness that comes with hot young actors playing rock 'n' rollers.
  5. 50
    The trouble with authenticity in a punk rock film is that it comes off as amateurish, and while "Dolls" has a feverish energy -- and some good songs -- it suffers from crude performances and a trite rise-and-fall plot.
  6. 40
    The results suggest a slightly more ribald version of "Josie and the Pussycats."
  7. 20
    With no irony and no plot beyond Girls Have Band, Voss reduces Kali and Fauna to earnest Janus faces of Hole's schizo aesthetic.

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