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Palindromes Reviews

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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 7, 2005
Let the discomfort commence.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
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
May 6, 2005
An intellectually satisfying puzzle.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 6, 2005
A squirmer of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 6, 2005
He has a vision. No question about that. But in the end, he leaves us wondering why we should share it.
Read More | Original Score: D+
May 5, 2005
It's a more challenging trek, but well worth it for some.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 5, 2005
Indie filmmaker Todd Solondz deserves credit for thinking outside the box and challenging his audience. But this time, he steps over the line that distinguishes challenging from confusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: B-
April 29, 2005
Solondz presents his characters as such exaggerated monsters that they don't resemble human beings as much as helplessly squirming specimens under his poison-tipped probe.
April 29, 2005
It's just shock for shock's sake. It doesn't linger in the imagination the way, say, David Lynch's shocking content often does; rather, you just want it to go away.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
April 29, 2005
If you don't want your deepest convictions about adolescence, motherhood, and the abortion wars raked over the coals, you should probably stay home.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 29, 2005
No comic filmmaker in America today works so hard to stay on the knife's edge between humor and pathos or is so eager to challenge his viewers emotionally.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 28, 2005
You do not emerge untouched from a Solondz film. You may hate it, but you have seen it, and in a strange way it has seen you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 28, 2005
For those willing to take it, Palindromes has its share of backhanded rewards.
April 28, 2005
The most misanthropic, depressing, hopeless film in memory.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 28, 2005
I still don't like it much, but I respect it --because it's the kind of film most American filmmakers won't make, bristling with the kind of issues and questions they hesitate to face.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 21, 2005
Solondz likes to put the screws to moral hypocrisy. As always, he goes too far. As always, you don't want to look away.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 21, 2005
As amusing as lung cancer.
April 18, 2005
I'm still sorting it all out, but if a work of art has this much of a lasting impact, I want you to see it -- if only so we can compare notes. Thumbs up for this unique, creepy, confusing, disturbing film.
April 14, 2005
As depressing as it is hard to watch, Palindromes is also consistently, horrifyingly funny and sharp-witted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 14, 2005
It should be said that Solondz is an equal-opportunity misanthrope, mocking the garishly insensitive rah-rah-abortion mom, the thoughtlessly fanatical opposition, and everyone in between.
April 14, 2005
[A] triumph of Solondz's bleak fatalism over his heroine's ingenuously American insistence on the possibility of happiness.
April 13, 2005
I would like Palindromes a lot better if I thought Solondz were actually satirizing something.
April 13, 2005
That rare event: a memorable provocation.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
April 13, 2005
[Solondz] is a blazing original (despite his bland settings), he has a carefully considered point (despairing as it is) and he never denies humanity to even stupid or despicable characters.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 13, 2005
However brazenly it challenges audience expectations, Palindromes contributes little to such dialogue except more unfocused rancor.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 12, 2005
Is Solondz a moralist or a misanthrope, or both? Does he hold his characters or his audience in greater contempt?
April 12, 2005
A shallow, transparent satire/social commentary, Palindromes lives and dies on a gimmick.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
September 9, 2004
A boldly intriguing if not entirely satisfying subversion of American family values.
September 9, 2004
Doesn't seem to know if it's coming or going.