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For filmgoers predisposed to enjoy Todd Solondz' brand of black comedy, Wiener-Dog won't disappoint -- but those put off by previous works need not apply.



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A dachshund is taken in by a veterinary technician named Dawn Wiener (Greta Gerwig), who soon sets off on a road trip. The lovable dog also encounters a young boy, a film professor, and a troubled grandmother and granddaughter. The character of Dawn Wiener first appeared in the 1995 coming-of-age film Welcome to the Dollhouse, which was also written and directed by Todd Solondz. Wiener-Dog made its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

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Critic Reviews for Wiener-Dog

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  • It is a movie with a hard core of disillusionment.

    Aug 12, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The best story involves Danny DeVito as a screenwriting teacher, which allows Solondz, an adjunct professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, to vent his spleen at the ignorance and arrogance of his students.

    Jul 14, 2016 | Full Review…
  • It's heavy material, but Solondz shapes it all into an epic joke about the folly of living a good life.

    Jul 8, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Even Gerwig, who could light up a darkened cavern simply with her walk, is wasted under Solondz' mirthless direction. She shuffles along with her shoulders slumped, like all characters in Solondz' movies.

    Jul 8, 2016 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • Sic transit gloria mundi for the beleaguered title pooch of Todd Solondz's latest societal eyeballing, which leashes a dog's life to human absurdity.

    Jul 7, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It takes a callused soul not to dread the inevitable, and it takes an exceptional film to earn that discomfort from its audience. This film is not exceptional.

    Jul 7, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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The idea of following a little dog through his life and the ever-changing oddball owners may still be interesting enough and the first few chapters mostly work. After a pretty random intermission (and the first unexplained change of owners) things get more and more joyless and boring up until the tasteless and insulting ending, which makes you feel as if you've been wasting your time. Artsy fartsy and ultimately pointless.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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I liked it, but that ending was terrible.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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Solondz is extremely arrogant to think that only he knows what "real art" is, proving only the opposite with this mediocre film that is artificial as a bad theater play and so tonally awful that it feels way too bleak for a comedy, no matter how dark it is supposed to be.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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The pup in Wiener-Dog features heavily in each episode. Yet despite the title, this is really about people, not the canine. The beloved pet is merely a construct that gives us an excuse to follow an assortment of characters. There's a world weary tone to these sagas, but there's also the soul of humanity as well. For example the relationship between Remi and the dachshund is pure and sweet. They share a friendship to which his parents are immune. We sympathize with the various heroes in their respective vignettes, even though they may have serious flaws. There's an authenticity to that. I mean we are flawed too, right? As the film marches to its inevitable conclusion, we brace ourselves. Todd Solondz has contempt for the Hollywood happy ending. Wiener-Dog is typified by a grisly finale that hits you like a slap in the face. Then the camera lingers on the event. There's a palpable rage against society here. The experience may sting, but the script still makes a sincere plea for mankind. I saw hope amidst the despair. That's kind of powerful.

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

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