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  • Summary: Welcome to the Dollhouse is a stark suburban comedy about 11-year-old Dawn Wiener (Matarazzo), a middle child in middle school in the middle of New Jersey. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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  1. 100
    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 film.
  2. But Solondz also creates keen portraits of the participating characters in Dawn's daily drama. (The only downside: The drama veers unsteadily toward outlandishness.)
  3. With his ability to understand and convey these absurdist scenarios in both adult and preteen terms, writer-director Solondz catches the unlooked-for humor in poignant, hurtful situations.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    Welcome to the Dollhouse does, with accessible dark comedy and chilling honesty, reminding us right off that school-cafeteria agonies only begin with the cuisine. [24 May 1996 Pg.04.D]
  5. 80
    It may not be to everybody's taste, but this is a daring antidote to its more saccharine cousins.
  6. 80
    Writer-director Todd Solondz is far from clueless when it comes to the agonies of early adolescence, which he mercilessly re-creates in his caustic suburban comedy Welcome to the Dollhouse.
  7. This obsessive movie, awarded the grand jury prize at the Sundance festival, may not quite live up to its advance billing; the subject is powerful, but the filmmaking often seems slapdash, and the final half hour dithers.

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  1. JoshC
    Nov 20, 2006
    10
    A Massterpiece ! One of the best films of 1996. Funny, touching, and all around wonderful. It figures that a smug, self-important blowhard A Massterpiece ! One of the best films of 1996. Funny, touching, and all around wonderful. It figures that a smug, self-important blowhard like Rosenbaum would give this a negative review. Expand
  2. Jan 10, 2012
    9
    Brilliant. It's hard to find other words for this well-thought, nuanced, aching picture. A good movie for young folks as the ideas ofBrilliant. It's hard to find other words for this well-thought, nuanced, aching picture. A good movie for young folks as the ideas of attractiveness and self-worth become so exaggerated and distorted during the pubescent years. Expand

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