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  • Summary: Described as a "fable of innocence," his latest film allows Todd Solondz to savor the profound flavor of moral complexity. (Wellspring Media)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 36
  2. Negative: 9 out of 36
  1. Like all this adventurous filmmaker's work, it's truly one of a kind.
  2. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    88
    Solondz beats on abortion defenders, stomps on the pro-life crowd and finishes up by telling us there is no free will. If you want some easy laughs tonight you'd be better off curling up with some Kierkegaard.
  3. 75
    Solondz likes to put the screws to moral hypocrisy. As always, he goes too far. As always, you don't want to look away.
  4. 50
    Solondz's determinedly removed eye for the graphic and shocking is by now practically a cliche. If Solondz really wants to outrage anyone, he'll have to make a sweet and heartfelt drama.
  5. It's a highly stylized piece of work typical of director Todd Solondz, who renders wildly exaggerated sequences on a topic not generally thought of as a basis for comedy. He leaves it to the viewer to decide if it's insightful whimsy or meaningless drivel.
  6. 40
    If the point of "A Dirty Shame" was that nothing human is foreign to John Waters, Palindromes seems to suggest that, for Todd Solondz, everything human is.
  7. 20
    I've never seen anything crazier than Palindromes. You can read that as praise if you're that sort of person, but I don't mean it that way.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. M.Daye
    Feb 4, 2006
    10
    Fiendishly bittersweet, Palindromes will have you both laughing at and feeling for the most sensitive of characters.
  2. Apr 2, 2012
    9
    Sorry, translation Italian / English mechanics.

    It 'a film emotionally powerful, indeed, very strong. The palindrome Solondziana script
    leaves the viewer sensoramiche endless possibilities. There are EIGHT actors for the character of AVIVA, but not the number of actors who are interested, since the possibility of empathic contact chance to hear "from within, in the making" / people around me; minimizing the risk of confusion un'incidentale. For this reason, Palindromes goes "observed". So I understand.

    All of us, I think, if we look at our life, its most significant events, we try to draw, memory after memory, an emotional map. Inevitably the contents of this map contains words that express feelings, engaging, such as desire, friendship, love, passion, possession, nausea, joy, anger, enthusiasm, positivity, nervousness, impatience, disappointment, anger, revenge, despair, hatred / and so on. Palindromes is all about.

    Palindrome, is the unchanging part of us, like it or not. And 'This is the border, this is the extreme boundary, whether genetic, psychological wish that each of us must face in order to learn to accept it. But, everything in us that is blank, inert, may undergo changes, albeit small? The films of Todd Solondz, "guts" of society, its conventions and beliefs, and does so with a director and a screenplay that follow a chromatic scale psychological changes, nuanced and saturations.
    The viewer, the task of "tuning" not at all simple.

    Luckiness!
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