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Based on 31 Reviews
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  • 90
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    A movie that advances the career of a demonstrably gifted filmmaker, a fearlessly funny movie whose laughs draw blood, a bracingly provocative movie that won't apologize for its bad temper. show more

  • 50
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    Solondz should have called this one "So-So Storytelling." show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    A provocative but eventually dislikable two-part film that dares us to dislike it. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Although Solondz's view is omniscient, as a filmmaker here he condescends to his characters' innocence, ignorance and bigotry, making him guilty of the same narrative crimes. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Solondz's refusal to frame his dark, misanthropic impulses with an overriding point-of-view seems a cheap copout for a film whose title proposes that it's about the storytelling process. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    I saw it a third time. By then I had moved beyond the immediate shock of the material and was able to focus on what a well-made film it was; how concisely Solondz gets the effects he's after. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Solondz is a courageous social commentator and a canny provocateur at the same time. He'll never get to Hollywood if he stays on this track, but cinema will be a lot duller if he ever mends his incendiary ways. show more

  • 75
    Loren King Boston Globe

    Cleverly mocks the modern chronicler, raising questions that linger long after the film is finished. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Solondz has finally made a movie that isn't just offensive -- it also happens to be good. He's still shouting, still violating our politically correct sensibilities, but the shocks now have thematic purpose. They don't just titillate, they resonate. show more

  • 63
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Almost as uncompromising, and sometimes as funny, as "Dollhouse" or "Happiness." show more

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