Critic Consensus: 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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Critic Reviews for Wiener-Dog
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.
It's heavy material, but Solondz shapes it all into an epic joke about the folly of living a good life.
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.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Wiener-Dog
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.
I liked it, but that ending was terrible.
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.
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