Storytelling (2002)

Two stories set in two eras against the comical terrain of college and high school, past and present--exploring issues of sex, race, celebrity and exploitation. The first story: On a college campus in the mid-80s, a white female writing… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: July 16, 2002
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Despite [Solondz's] undeniable talent, however manipulative, his stories are too sour and mean-spirited for my taste.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Solondz is without doubt an artist of uncompromising vision, but that vision is beginning to feel, if not morally bankrupt, at least terribly monotonous.

Cole Smithey

Todd Solondz is a white Spike Lee.

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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

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.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

A frustrating experience, made more so by the seemingly self-referential moments in the film.

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Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Solondz has finally brought his critics into the frame, if only in an attempt to subject them to the same torture as everyone else.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

In his latest effort, Storytelling, Solondz has finally made a movie that isn't just offensive -- it also happens to be good.

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Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

While Solondz tries and tries hard, Storytelling fails to provide much more insight than the inside column of a torn book jacket.

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Emanuel Levy

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
This is a two-part film, one story about the racial tensions that result when a creative writing student has a tryst with her professor and the other about a… More
Arash Xak
Brutal Honesty, A thought-provoking well-written movie, Goes overboard a few times but overall great, Made me want to see all of Solondz's other movies
Steven Carrier
The thing about Todd Solondz's "Storytelling" is that you can't simply just watch it as another, random film, because it's not just… More
Curtis Lilly
Can't remember much about it other than a guy daydreams about conan obrien and a mexican made ends up burning down their house.
jd cryptic
Amazingly structured, beautifully shot, and brilliant, straightforward and honest dialogue. Storytelling is dark humored, luridly amusing and entertaining, and… More
Michael Gildea
So so. It was disturbing because people like this actually exist. John Goodman was so creepy.