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Palindromes opens with the dedication, "In loving memory of Dawn Wiener," a reference to the lead character in writer/director Todd Solondz' early feature, Welcome to the Dollhouse. Aviva has just attended Dawn's funeral. Dismayed by her older cousin's untimely death, Aviva asks her mother (Ellen Barkin) for assurance that she won't grow up to be like Dawn. Aviva only dreams of one thing -- having babies. Lots and lots of babies. As a teen, while Aviva has no interest in sex, she eagerly loses her virginity to Judah (Robert Agri), the son of a family friend in hopes… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

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"Subversive by reputation, Solondz is an acquired taste on his best day, and he's just all over the place with this one. Unpleasantly so."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Let the discomfort commence."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
""Palindromes" is a sloppy and muddy film that uses the shock value of seeing adult men humping numerous underage girls as its recurring visual device inscrutably linked to an unclear abortion issue theme."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The director's latest trek into the lunatic void, of what can best be described as the cinematic version of clinical depression."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"OK, I'll admit it: I've next to no idea what to make of Palindromes, and you know what? I doubt the filmmaker would have a problem with me owning up to it."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"The movie's oppressive atmosphere of flatly rendered, all-consuming determinism leaves it sparkless, pointless and ultimately not very funny."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Palindromes" isn't a wise movie, or a particularly true movie, but it's an honest one and a singular experience."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"A bizarre but brilliant headscratcher!"
‑ Kam Williams, Denver Urban Spectrum
"...captures the shifting identity of adolescence, where one day you feel like a glamorous adult, others like a scared child, others still like a grotesquely overweight misfit."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson,
"Most demanding."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"In its own peculiar way, it is a more compassionate and useful religious document than Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"There's pointed fatalism and indictments of middle-class superiority, but Solondz, ever the outsider, never loses affection for his misfits or stoops to passing judgment on their motivations. Love or hate him, he's vital."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
"Certainly a unique vision for a filmmaker, this is not a flick for everyone. Stick with it, however, and you just may thoroughly enjoy what is at the heart an incredibly sweet tale."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"potentially decent film buried under the thick layers of misanthropy"
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"For all its pompous attempts at seriousness and emotional depth, Palindromes is actually a remarkably shallow affair."
‑ David Cornelius,
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