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Palindromes Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
May 5, 2005
Aviva ... learns that everything and everyone sucks. Which we've already learned if we've watched any of Solondz's other movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 17, 2005
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
April 12, 2005
A shallow, transparent satire/social commentary, Palindromes lives and dies on a gimmick.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Scott Weinberg
October 6, 2005
OK, I'll admit it: I've next to no idea what to make of Palindromes, and you know what? I doubt the filmmaker would have a problem with me owning up to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric D. Snider
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
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
May 29, 2007
The director's latest trek into the lunatic void, of what can best be described as the cinematic version of clinical depression.
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Cole Smithey
June 20, 2009
"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.
Full Review | Original Score: F
David Cornelius
September 10, 2005
For all its pompous attempts at seriousness and emotional depth, Palindromes is actually a remarkably shallow affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Peter Sobczynski
May 2, 2005
Not beneath contempt -- but definitely at the same level as contempt.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jeremiah Kipp
October 11, 2004
another hour and 40 minutes of hatred for the world and everyone in it
| Original Score: 1/5
Alan Dale
May 28, 2005
[If Solondz isn't] having fun relating Aviva's determinedly depressive misadventures then what has he invited us into the theater for?
David N. Butterworth
July 21, 2005
Underdeveloped and uneven yet oddly watchable, the gimmicky "Palindromes" once again cements the conceit that nobody makes films quite like Todd Solondz.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 14, 2004
The real problem, it seems to me, is not that Mr. Solondz goes too far, but that he seems to have no particular direction in mind, no artistic interest beyond the limitless ugliness of humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 12, 2005
Is Solondz a moralist or a misanthrope, or both? Does he hold his characters or his audience in greater contempt?
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Gene Seymour
April 13, 2005
However brazenly it challenges audience expectations, Palindromes contributes little to such dialogue except more unfocused rancor.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 13, 2005
There is simply no way to get or stay involved in a movie when the main character has more physical forms than Count Dracula, especially when most of the amateur actors assuming the role cannot act at all.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 13, 2005
Solondz has said he wanted to play with conventions of audience identification and sympathy, but the whole gimmick is about as playful as a bucket of water poised over the theater door.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 28, 2005
The most misanthropic, depressing, hopeless film in memory.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 5, 2005
Unlike anything you've seen at the movies. Plus, the picture is often redeemed by the director's daunting intelligence and pitch-black humor.
| Original Score: B-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 6, 2005
A squirmer of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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