• R, 1 hr. 28 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Todd Solondz
    In Theaters:
    Feb 8, 2002 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jul 16, 2002
  • Fine Line Features


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Storytelling Reviews

Todd McCarthy
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March 26, 2009
Derek Adams
Time Out
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June 24, 2006
David Edelstein
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March 22, 2002
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Despite [Solondz's] undeniable talent, however manipulative, his stories are too sour and mean-spirited for my taste.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

March 13, 2002

Arizona Republic
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March 9, 2002
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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That Storytelling has value cannot be denied. Not even Solondz's thirst for controversy, sketchy characters and immature provocations can fully succeed at cheapening it.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: B+

February 24, 2002
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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In his latest effort, Storytelling, Solondz has finally made a movie that isn't just offensive -- it also happens to be good.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

February 15, 2002

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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February 9, 2002
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Solondz is without doubt an artist of uncompromising vision, but that vision is beginning to feel, if not morally bankrupt, at least terribly monotonous.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

February 8, 2002
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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A frustrating experience, made more so by the seemingly self-referential moments in the film.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

February 8, 2002
Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
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Sometimes seems less like storytelling than something the otherwise compelling director needed to get off his chest.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle

February 8, 2002
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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The work of someone who has read too much of his own press, and in his rush to make a film to address critics, forgot to come up with a movie worth seeing.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

February 8, 2002
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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A two-part film by Solondz that confirms his special affinity for subversive but discomfortingly truthful humor.

February 8, 2002
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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I think Solondz, as dispassionately as possible, is offering a pretty shrewd and insightful look at the nature of exploitation and manipulation in society.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

February 8, 2002
Loren King
Boston Globe
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One of recent memory's most thoughtful films about art, ethics, and the cost of moral compromise.

| Original Score: 3/4

February 8, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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By not averting his eyes, Solondz forces us to consider the unthinkable, the unacceptable, the unmentionable.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 8, 2002
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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The lower your expectations, the more you'll enjoy it.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

February 7, 2002
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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The art of Storytelling too often degenerates into a rant, losing its very own hard-bought truth.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune

February 7, 2002
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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It feels like a transitional film for a director with something to get off his chest, and whose best work is hopefully yet to come.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

February 7, 2002
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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There are unnervingly fine performances from Selma Blair as the aspiring fiction writer and from Mark Webber as Scooby.

February 7, 2002
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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Brutally funny -- and not a little horrifying.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News

February 7, 2002
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Shocking only in that it reveals the filmmaker's bottomless pit of self-absorption.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

February 7, 2002
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Solondz creates a unique landscape of suburban-bred misery, hypocrisy, and vulnerability, a bleak vista that continually forces viewers to shift sympathies and antipathies.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

February 7, 2002
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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[Solondz is] so interested in challenging us and offending us that he's sacrificing some of the storytelling in each of these films.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

February 4, 2002
James Berardinelli
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An inelegant combination of two unrelated shorts that falls far short of the director's previous work in terms of both thematic content and narrative strength.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

February 4, 2002
Gene Seymour
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Going over the top while sustaining a poker-faced tone, Solondz makes sure that whether you love or hate what you see, you can't ignore it.

Full Review Source: Newsday

January 25, 2002
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Tiresome and dull, like watching someone else's 2-year-old act out for the 50th time.

| Original Score: 1/4

January 25, 2002
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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A virtuoso work in every aspect in which Solondz shakes a fist at the inescapability of human limitations colliding with the perversity of fate.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

January 25, 2002
Charles Taylor
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More than any other filmmaker, Solondz represents the worst trend of American indie filmmaking over the last 10 years: the movie as freak show.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 25, 2002
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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The leanest and meanest of Solondz's misanthropic comedies.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 22, 2002
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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January 22, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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A fearlessly funny movie whose laughs draw blood, a bracingly provocative movie that won't apologize for its bad temper.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

January 18, 2002
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Awfully funny. And I do mean awfully.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 22, 2001
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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Squanders a terrific cast and some tremendous early promise on a weak structure.

May 15, 2001
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