Down and Out With the Dolls
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Four young women are on the verge of becoming the new darlings of indie rock, if they don't kill each other first, in this independent comedy drama. Fauna (Zoe Poledouris) has been a minor fixture on the Portland, OR, indie rock scene for a while as lead singer with neo-goth rockers the Snogs, but after a quarrel with her boyfriend Paulo (Mikael Jehanno), Fauna is given her walking papers, and soon the brazenly careerist Fauna looking for a new vehicle to launch her latest bid for rock stardom. Opportunity presents itself in the form of the Paper Dolls, an all-female three-piece --… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What the film lacks in production values, it makes up in authenticity and comic moxie, using real musicians in many key roles -- and they can actually play."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Like a good punk tune, the filmmaker's focused energy distracts from compositional flaws."
‑ Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, L.A. Weekly
"an assuredly made, unexpectedly poignant and hilarious feel-good flick, pitched somewhere between the goofy campiness of John Waters and the good-heartedness of Cameron Crowe"
‑ Jay Antani, Los Angeles Alternative
"Most successful in rooting viewers in a convincing milieu; there's a certain attention to detail and fitful energy that leaves more of a vivid stamp in your brain than the movie as a whole probably earns."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"Welcome to the valley of the Dolls. It's a valley where boring indie movies go to die."
‑ , E! Online
"The movie's post-grunge Portland, Ore., quartet is almost laughably cliched -- which seems in direct opposition to the anti-authoritarian attitude of the movie."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"A meritless and exasperating film experience, lacking any insight, drama or humor regarding its subject, the underground music scene."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"Taken at face-value and with no massive expectations, Dolls isn't a half-bad little indie."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"With The Paper Dolls' music no longer being played, we're all much better off."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Scrappy, scruffy and more energetic than polished."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The music is sensational, the energy level high, and Down and Out With the Dolls is a wise and funny treat."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"A lot of the acting is amateurish, and most of the plot feels like a rehash of a rehash."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Part Singles, part Hype! and part Josie and the Pussycats, with a healthy dose of bad camerawork, bad lighting, and extremely bad acting."
‑ Jamie Gillies, Apollo Guide
"It buoys you with the charm of its cast and the bred-in-the-bone local feel even as you have to squint to ignore its failings in technique and storytelling."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"[It] plays like a parody of a film festival reject. ... Where are Josie and the Pussycats when you need them?"
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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