Welcome to the Dollhouse
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Welcome to the Dollhouse
Twelve-year-old Dawn Wiener (Heather Matarazzo) is perhaps the most put-upon adolescent in film history in Todd Solondz's bitterly hilarious black comedy Welcome to the Dollhouse. Dawn is bright but awkward, both physically and socially, and is appallingly unpopular among her peers, to whom she's better known as "Wienerdog." Possessing little charm or grace and perhaps the most misguided fashion sense of her generation, Dawn is not an easy girl to like and practically no one seems interested in making the effort. If life is tough for Dawn at school, it's hardly any better… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of the highlights of the 1995 Toronto Festival, Solondz's second film is a stark, often funny, always poignant comedy about suburban mores, centering on a misfit Jewish girl tormented by her family and classmates."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Welcome to the Dollhouse puts an ugly duckling through her paces."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"Todd Solondz's only good movie."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Matarazzo tem forte presença em cena, mas o filme não sai do lugar-comum."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Searing story of adolescent anguish, almost unbearably painful."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"At 87 minutes, Dollhouse is a near-perfect morsel. If nothing else, it informs older folk that school principals still threaten to record bad behavior in one's 'personal record' -- only now, computers facilitate the process."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"quirky and great"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson, sbs.is
"hilariously provocative and almost too real"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Blisteringly honest and side-splittingly funny. Solondz's most accomplished film."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"Solondz mercilessly destroys the sugar-coated mythology surrounding adolescence. THIS is what junior high was really like."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"A dark look at adolescence; not for kids."
‑ Hollis Griffin, Common Sense Media
"At its best it's like the funniest yet bleakest comic book Dan Clowes never drew."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Still Solondz's one and only great film!"
‑ Edward Douglas, ComingSoon.net
"A sharp, provocative character study and a damning regional portrait, far superior in both respects to Solondz's Happiness."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Powerful portrait of one young girl's valient effort to survive the cruel and tense world of adolescence."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
More reviews for Welcome to the Dollhouse on Rotten Tomatoes

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