Stray Dolls

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Stray Dolls doesn't make it easy to identify with its central characters, but director/co-writer Sonejuhi Sinha's depiction of the American underbelly is compelling.

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Riz, a recent immigrant and ex-gang member, works at a motel in hopes of starting her life over in America. At the motel, Riz meets Una (Cynthia Nixon), the formidable owner, and her drug-selling son Jimmy. Rooming with another motel maid Dallas, who is a bold, assertive runaway, blackmails Riz triggering a series of violent events that entwine Riz, Dallas, and Jimmy. In a last-ditch effort, a desperate Riz and Dallas create a plan to rob Una to escape from the motel and the web of crime they've created.

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (6)

  • A trip to the dark side of the American dream, where everybody uses illusions and delusions to survive in a grimy landscape where they have no real options.

    April 13, 2020 | Full Review…

    Steve Pond

    TheWrap
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  • I think it's a mixed bag. There are times when it was intriguing... [But] the characters weren't terribly well developed.

    April 12, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The downbeat, disenfranchised "dark side of the American dream" thing has been done to death in a thousand noirs, but "Stray Dolls" elbows just enough room for itself in that crowded category...

    April 10, 2020 | Full Review…

    Jessica Kiang

    Variety
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  • "Stray Dolls" lacks some narrative momentum, as the characters drift from petty crime to petty crime and party to party. But the film has a remarkable sense of place...

    April 9, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Despite its sense of dead-end desperation, "Stray Dolls" is made worthwhile by the richness of Shane Sigler's nighttime cinematography and the consistent empathy of its tone.

    April 9, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A taut and stylish thriller that manages to draw fresh blood from some very familiar territory.

    May 2, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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