Palindromes (2004)

Thirteen-year-old Aviva Victor wants to be a 'mom'. She does all she can to make this happen and comes very close to succeeding, but in the end her sensible parents thwart her plan. So she runs away, still determined to get pregnant… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 13, 2004
DVD Release Date: September 13, 2005
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Unique but cold.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.

Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

Let the discomfort commence.

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Sean Nelson
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Nothing about Palindromes is easy to resolve. This should come as great news for fans of Todd Solondz.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

The movie's oppressive atmosphere of flatly rendered, all-consuming determinism leaves it sparkless, pointless and ultimately not very funny.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Palindromes" isn't a wise movie, or a particularly true movie, but it's an honest one and a singular experience.

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

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.

Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

In its own peculiar way, it is a more compassionate and useful religious document than Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ.

Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

Not much more than trickery and artifice, and not worth the death of dear, departed Dawn.

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Cole Smithey

"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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
William Dunmyer
"Palindromes" is intermittently engaging but overall does not have much of a point. The plot focuses on a girl who's about 13 and wants to have a… More
Ken Stachnik
Poor 13 year girl can't have a baby, but REALLY wants one. and you know what this is? the worlds smallest violin playing "my heart cries for… More
Randy Tippy
More than just a sequel to <i>Welcome to the Dollhouse</i>, this is a companion piece. Much more abstract than it's predecessor,… More
Curtis Lilly
This movie is totally good...if you like kids having sex with other kids, murdering adults, and other such things. For no reason the actors change, but the… More
Arash Xak
Todd Solondz's strangest & imo weakest film
Michael S
I tried to like this film, but just couldn't.