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From the controversial director of Happiness comes another dark look at New Jersey, this time broken into two separate stories. The first is a 26-minute segment entitled "Fiction," which highlights the life of Marcus (Leo Fitzpatrick), an aspiring writer who was born with deformities due to cerebral palsy. He unsuccessfully tries to read a new short story to his girlfriend Vi (Selma Blair), and leaves her after the story is similarly dismissed by his fellow students and teacher, Mr. Scott (Robert Wisdom), a black Pulitzer Prize winner. Vi approaches Mr. Scott in a bar one night and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Despite [Solondz's] undeniable talent, however manipulative, his stories are too sour and mean-spirited for my taste."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Solondz is without doubt an artist of uncompromising vision, but that vision is beginning to feel, if not morally bankrupt, at least terribly monotonous."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Todd Solondz is a white Spike Lee."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"In a scabrous follow-up to Happiness, Todd Solondz once again crafts a movie easier to admire than it is to like."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"Storytelling is a witty, dark, and strangely satisfying experiment. It's a little bit sad, a little bit sick, and a whole lot honest."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVD Clinic
"That Storytelling has value cannot be denied. Not even Solondz's thirst for controversy, sketchy characters and immature provocations can fully succeed at cheapening it."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"A frustrating experience, made more so by the seemingly self-referential moments in the film."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Solondz has finally brought his critics into the frame, if only in an attempt to subject them to the same torture as everyone else."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"It's never less than interesting, that's for sure, but I didn't like it."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"challenging and uncompromised, and Solondz makes his point and punches it home"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"In his latest effort, Storytelling, Solondz has finally made a movie that isn't just offensive -- it also happens to be good."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"While Solondz tries and tries hard, Storytelling fails to provide much more insight than the inside column of a torn book jacket."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"The film is marked by the same darkly humorous sensibility of rest of Solondz's work, excpet that the novelty is gone and the acerbic vision is now contained in a fractured text marred by poor storytelling and shifting tone--it's not easy to shock anymore"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"...a sensational self-expose, in which the director presents us with any number of characters that ... reflect and represent various aspects of Todd Solondz"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"This one plays as two separate pieces that may have been better if presented as stand-alone films in different formats."
‑ John Venable,
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