Palindromes Reviews

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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 13, 2005
However brazenly it challenges audience expectations, Palindromes contributes little to such dialogue except more unfocused rancor.
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.
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.
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.
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