Storytelling Reviews

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Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
December 19, 2010
While Solondz tries and tries hard, Storytelling fails to provide much more insight than the inside column of a torn book jacket.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
August 26, 2009
Todd Solondz is a white Spike Lee.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 21, 2009
Solondz has finally brought his critics into the frame, if only in an attempt to subject them to the same torture as everyone else.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
February 10, 2007
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
Full Review | Original Score: C
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
In a scabrous follow-up to Happiness, Todd Solondz once again crafts a movie easier to admire than it is to like.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
October 13, 2002
It's never less than interesting, that's for sure, but I didn't like it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 6, 2002
...a sensational self-expose, in which the director presents us with any number of characters that ... reflect and represent various aspects of Todd Solondz
Full Review | Original Score: C
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic
July 31, 2002
Storytelling is a witty, dark, and strangely satisfying experiment. It's a little bit sad, a little bit sick, and a whole lot honest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
July 16, 2002
challenging and uncompromised, and Solondz makes his point and punches it home
| Original Score: 3/4
John Venable
Supercala.com
June 28, 2002
This one plays as two separate pieces that may have been better if presented as stand-alone films in different formats.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
June 4, 2002
The movie does such an excellent job of critiquing itself at every faltering half-step of its development that criticizing feels more like commiserating.
Andrew Howe
eFilmCritic.com
May 15, 2002
Solondz is so intent on hammering home his message that he forgets to make it entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
April 12, 2002
Whether you consider him glib or perverse or really onto something, his m.o. makes for provocative movie storytelling.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 4, 2002
It's meant to be bold and shocking...
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
March 15, 2002
This painfully arch and incredibly self-absorbed film -- which might best be described as a dark comedy -- displays nearly all of Solondz's worst and laziest filmmaking tendencies in one compact package.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
March 14, 2002
Still pretentious and filled with subtext, but entertaining enough at 'face value' to recommend to anyone looking for something different.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 13, 2002
Despite [Solondz's] undeniable talent, however manipulative, his stories are too sour and mean-spirited for my taste.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
March 9, 2002
Solondz is a courageous social commentator and a canny provocateur at the same time. He'll never get to Hollywood if he stays on this track, but cinema will be a lot duller if he ever mends his incendiary ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
March 5, 2002
I am more offended by his lack of faith in his audience than by anything on display here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
March 1, 2002
Each story on its own could have been expanded and worked into a compelling single feature, but in its current incarnation, Storytelling never quite gets over its rather lopsided conception.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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