• R, 1 hr. 28 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Todd Solondz
    In Theaters:
    Sep 10, 1995 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 3, 1999
  • Sony Pictures Classics

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Welcome to the Dollhouse Reviews

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Hollis Griffin
Common Sense Media

A dark look at adolescence; not for kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2011
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Welcome to the Dollhouse puts an ugly duckling through her paces.

Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

September 1, 2009

quirky and great

| Original Score: 5/5

April 9, 2008
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

At its best it's like the funniest yet bleakest comic book Dan Clowes never drew.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

July 23, 2007
Emanuel Levy
Variety
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One of the highlights of the 1995 Toronto Festival, Solondz's second film is a stark, often funny, always poignant comedy about suburban mores, centering on a misfit Jewish girl tormented by her family and classmates.

Full Review Source: Variety | Original Score: A-

December 20, 2006
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Todd Solondz's only good movie.

| Original Score: 3/5

December 12, 2005
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

hilariously provocative and almost too real

| Original Score: 4/5

April 6, 2005
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net

Still Solondz's one and only great film!

| Original Score: 4/5

March 14, 2005
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Matarazzo tem forte presença em cena, mas o filme não sai do lugar-comum.

| Original Score: 3/5

January 27, 2004
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

Blisteringly honest and side-splittingly funny. Solondz's most accomplished film.

| Original Score: 4/5

December 29, 2003
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

A sharp, provocative character study and a damning regional portrait, far superior in both respects to Solondz's Happiness.

| Original Score: 4/5

October 11, 2003
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Searing story of adolescent anguish, almost unbearably painful.

| Original Score: 4/5

June 12, 2003
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

Solondz mercilessly destroys the sugar-coated mythology surrounding adolescence. THIS is what junior high was really like.

| Original Score: 5/5

February 4, 2003
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Powerful portrait of one young girl's valient effort to survive the cruel and tense world of adolescence.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

August 27, 2002
Mike Clark
USA Today
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At 87 minutes, Dollhouse is a near-perfect morsel. If nothing else, it informs older folk that school principals still threaten to record bad behavior in one's 'personal record' -- only now, computers facilitate the process.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Solondz knows his subject well, he is able to understand and convey what it is like to be brought up with self-hatred.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

January 1, 2000
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter

There's not much of a defined plot to Welcome to the Dollhouse, just a series of encounters as Dawn writhes about under torture. Yet, it is a well done film.

Full Review Source: Cinematter | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

September 7, 2011
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com

| Original Score: 2/5

October 15, 2005
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

| Original Score: 3/5

September 27, 2005
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