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Storytelling Reviews

March 13, 2002
Despite [Solondz's] undeniable talent, however manipulative, his stories are too sour and mean-spirited for my taste.
February 24, 2002
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.
Read More | Original Score: B+
February 15, 2002
In his latest effort, Storytelling, Solondz has finally made a movie that isn't just offensive -- it also happens to be good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 8, 2002
Solondz is without doubt an artist of uncompromising vision, but that vision is beginning to feel, if not morally bankrupt, at least terribly monotonous.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 8, 2002
A frustrating experience, made more so by the seemingly self-referential moments in the film.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 8, 2002
Sometimes seems less like storytelling than something the otherwise compelling director needed to get off his chest.
February 8, 2002
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 8, 2002
A two-part film by Solondz that confirms his special affinity for subversive but discomfortingly truthful humor.
February 8, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3/4
February 8, 2002
One of recent memory's most thoughtful films about art, ethics, and the cost of moral compromise.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 8, 2002
By not averting his eyes, Solondz forces us to consider the unthinkable, the unacceptable, the unmentionable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 7, 2002
The lower your expectations, the more you'll enjoy it.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 7, 2002
The art of Storytelling too often degenerates into a rant, losing its very own hard-bought truth.
February 7, 2002
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.
February 7, 2002
There are unnervingly fine performances from Selma Blair as the aspiring fiction writer and from Mark Webber as Scooby.
February 7, 2002
Brutally funny -- and not a little horrifying.
February 7, 2002
Shocking only in that it reveals the filmmaker's bottomless pit of self-absorption.
February 7, 2002
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 | Original Score: B-
February 4, 2002
[Solondz is] so interested in challenging us and offending us that he's sacrificing some of the storytelling in each of these films.
February 4, 2002
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 | Original Score: 2/4
January 25, 2002
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.
January 25, 2002
Tiresome and dull, like watching someone else's 2-year-old act out for the 50th time.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
January 25, 2002
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 | Original Score: 4/5
January 25, 2002
More than any other filmmaker, Solondz represents the worst trend of American indie filmmaking over the last 10 years: the movie as freak show.
January 22, 2002
The leanest and meanest of Solondz's misanthropic comedies.
January 18, 2002
A fearlessly funny movie whose laughs draw blood, a bracingly provocative movie that won't apologize for its bad temper.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 22, 2001
Awfully funny. And I do mean awfully.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 15, 2001
Squanders a terrific cast and some tremendous early promise on a weak structure.