Down & Out With the Dolls
Down & Out With the Dolls (2003)

Cat fights, backstabbing, and lesbian passion are all hallmarks of Down and Out With the Dolls, Kurt Voss' ribald tale of an all-girl band's rise to the top and subsequent tumble to the bottom. The band in question is The Paper… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 21, 2003
DVD Release Date: October 28, 2003
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly

Like a good punk tune, the filmmaker's focused energy distracts from compositional flaws.

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Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative

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

John Anderson
Newsday

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.

Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

A meritless and exasperating film experience, lacking any insight, drama or humor regarding its subject, the underground music scene.

Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

Taken at face-value and with no massive expectations, Dolls isn't a half-bad little indie.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

The music is sensational, the energy level high, and Down and Out With the Dolls is a wise and funny treat.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

A lot of the acting is amateurish, and most of the plot feels like a rehash of a rehash.

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Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide

Part Singles, part Hype! and part Josie and the Pussycats, with a healthy dose of bad camerawork, bad lighting, and extremely bad acting.

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