Palindromes Reviews

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Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
May 22, 2005
Mildly interesting, but it examines humanity's hypocrisy and stupidity in not nearly so amusing a fashion as Solondz has done before.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 20, 2005
Caricature posing as poetic license.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
May 13, 2005
My best guess is that Solondz wanted to see how far he could distance himself from convention and still hold an audience. Then he went several steps further.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
May 13, 2005
Solondz' storytelling is both masterful and distressingly nihilistic, resulting in a movie that one can simultaneously admire and despise.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 13, 2005
The movie's oppressive atmosphere of flatly rendered, all-consuming determinism leaves it sparkless, pointless and ultimately not very funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
May 13, 2005
As much as Solondz's methodology may perplex us, you can't shake the feeling that something important is going on here, percolating between the waves of satire and outrageousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
May 13, 2005
We don't think we understood it. And that's after two viewings, just to be on the safe side.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
May 13, 2005
In its own peculiar way, it is a more compassionate and useful religious document than Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 13, 2005
Solondz's satiric targets are obvious but his intentions are mysterious -- possibly even to the filmmaker himself.
| Original Score: '2.5/4'
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
May 12, 2005
Solondz's first spiritual film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
May 12, 2005
Solondz may want to universalize Aviva, but too much of this film seems to come only from the Solondz universe, in which he looks down on all of us as gullible cretins.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 10, 2005
A mostly uncomfortable experience that doesn't carry a compensating degree of insight or impact.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
May 8, 2005
It's a film that demands you get deep inside its troubled heroine's psyche by continually yanking the rug out from under you with her inconsistent outward appearance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle
May 8, 2005
Beating up the viewer with grotesquerie is a worthy goal only when there's a point to it, such as self-examination.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 7, 2005
Let the discomfort commence.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 6, 2005
Palindromes" isn't a wise movie, or a particularly true movie, but it's an honest one and a singular experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
May 6, 2005
There isn't a single happy moment to rest upon.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
May 6, 2005
Not much more than trickery and artifice, and not worth the death of dear, departed Dawn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 6, 2005
An intellectually satisfying puzzle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
May 6, 2005
Palindromes, for all its experimental verve-played out in a deliberate affectless style that becomes its own strange affect-cancels itself out.
| Original Score: 2/4
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