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Welcome to the Dollhouse

R Released Jan 15, 1995 1h 27m Comedy Drama List
93% Tomatometer 54 Reviews 86% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings
Middle-school student Dawn Weiner (Heather Matarazzo) faces degradation at school -- where she is teased constantly -- and at home. The middle child between nerdy older brother Mark (Matthew Faber) and perky younger sister Missy (Daria Kalinina), Dawn can't seem to find a place to belong. Although she has a crush on a cute boy (Eric Mabius) whom her brother knows, she can only catch the attention of bully Brandon (Brendan Sexton Jr.), who threatens her to show affection. Read More Read Less
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An outstanding sophomore feature, Welcome to the Dollhouse sees writer-director Todd Solondz mining suburban teen angst for black, biting comedy.

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Kevin Maher Times (UK) ... There are deep and uneasy truths about emergent sexuality and the Darwinian atavism of the playground. Rated: 4/5 Mar 10, 2023 Full Review Anton Bitel Little White Lies Nobody comes out of this looking pretty, and dignity – a key word in the film – is always far removed from these characters’ Darwinian struggles to survive their day without being rejected, mistreated or much, much worse. Mar 4, 2023 Full Review David Ansen Newsweek The beauty of Welcome to the Dollhouse is its pokerfaced objectivity, which neither condescends to its pubescent victim nor romantically inflates her plight. Feb 27, 2018 Full Review Michelle Kisner The Movie Sleuth Todd Solondz's Welcome to the Dollhouse is one of the genre's most provocative, impactful, and poignant entries. Mar 13, 2023 Full Review Taylor Baker Drink in the Movies Episode 36: Love in the Time of Monsters / Barbarella / Welcome to the Dollhouse / Johnny Guitar Rated: 70/100 Oct 3, 2021 Full Review Josh Larsen LarsenOnFilm ...a vision of middle-school awkwardness so cringe-worthy you'll be tempted to look away. Rated: 3.5/4 Jul 18, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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Stella J I did not think this movie was very good, if there is a deeper meaning then I guess I don't understand it. I feel that nothing tied together and this movie and it was random and confusing. I had seen clips of it on other social media platforms and thought it could be a good movie, but it wasn't. I would never recommend anyone to watch this movie and I feel that I wasted an hour and a half of my life for nothing. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 07/01/24 Full Review Rick M I love this movie. It takes me back to my own experiences in 7th grade. I remember being warned about all kinds of things entering 7th grade, like getting your head shoved in the toilet, or getting a stiffy in gym class. Even more harrowing for me was travelling to Guam midway through 7th grade to a school who's marquee read "Students may not park their cars on campus." They were serious. I had just turned 12 in November of 1967. There were two kids who were 13 years old. The rest ranged in age from 14-19. The year before, there was a kid who was 21 in the 7th grade because his parents wouldn't let him quit school until he was an adult. My sister had a 19 year old kid in her 5th grade class. My younger brother didn't have any 19 year old classmates, but there were two 16 year old girls and one of them was pregnant. Remember that junior high had a mix of people across the spectrum. People headed to a lifetime in prison have not been seperated from society yet and you might have to sit next to them in class. Nothing is ever ss frightening as transitioning from elementary school to junior high or middle school. This movie hilariously captures every frightening moment. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/03/24 Full Review Tera K I decided to check out this film because I find Todd Solondz to be an interesting director and enjoyed it! It's definitely weird at times and not something I'd recommend to everyone, some of the scenes and dialogue involving Brandon felt unnecessary at times. But the film was overall good and the cast did well, it was witty and the whole bit about Dawn's little sister was really great. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 08/14/23 Full Review Steve D Far too odd for me to enjoy. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Aldo G Kids can be cruel. So can movie directors. That's my reaction to director Todd Solondz's work on his second feature film. His portrayal of a 7th grader who is almost driven to murder because of how alienated she feels is cruel. That doesn't make it a bad movie. It just makes Welcome To The Dollhouse unwelcomingly depressing. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 11/22/22 Full Review wayne k Todd Solondz is not a widely known name in the film world, but he's crafted some of the most shocking and controversial film of the last few decades, and deserves a lot more credit than he gets. A few years ago I seen what's likely his most famous, or infamous, movie, Happiness. Like most people, I ended the film with my jaw on the floor. Welcome To The Dollhouse, the movie he made before Happiness, is full of his trademark dark humour and social satire, following an unpopular junior school student who gets mistreated by seemingly everybody who knows her, finding no solace at home or in her classroom. It's exaggerated stereotypes highlight and satirise the kind of people we meet throughout our lives, and the situations our heroine finds herself in are often over the top and even unlikely, but it's taking place in a world where things are amped up, so it makes thematic sense for them to be like that. It's brutal, stark and doesn't pull its punches, and as such I can see it disgusting and alienating certain audiences. It's message of school and young adolescence being unrelentingly crap isn't necessarily true, but I'm sure it'll resonate with many people. It's not the kind of movie you'd watch often, but it'll be a difficult one to get out of your head. So if you like your movies dark and disturbing, Welcome To The Dollhouse has you covered. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Middle-school student Dawn Weiner (Heather Matarazzo) faces degradation at school -- where she is teased constantly -- and at home. The middle child between nerdy older brother Mark (Matthew Faber) and perky younger sister Missy (Daria Kalinina), Dawn can't seem to find a place to belong. Although she has a crush on a cute boy (Eric Mabius) whom her brother knows, she can only catch the attention of bully Brandon (Brendan Sexton Jr.), who threatens her to show affection.
Director
Todd Solondz
Producer
Todd Solondz
Screenwriter
Todd Solondz
Production Co
Sony Pictures Classics, Columbia TriStar
Rating
R
Genre
Comedy, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jan 15, 1995, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 1, 2013
Box Office (Gross USA)
$4.8M
Runtime
1h 27m
Sound Mix
Surround
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