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Welcome to the Dollhouse

Directed by Todd Solondz
United States, 1995
Comedy, Drama


The tragicomic trials and tribulations of an awkward middle child named Dawn Wiener as she navigates her way through the hell of middle school, her first crush, and her bizarre family. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

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Welcome to the Dollhouse Directed by Todd Solondz

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1996 | 2 wins including: C.I.C.A.E. Award (Forum of New Cinema)

Sundance Film Festival

1996 | 2 wins including: Dramatic (Grand Jury Prize)

Independent Spirit Awards

1997 | Winner: Best Debut Performance

1997 | 4 nominations including: Best Feature

Critics reviews

Solondz would flesh out these gestures at social satire with more depth and empathy in his subsequent pictures, but even in this still-scalding debut, there’s something bracing about the way he lets not even his ostensible heroine off the hook.
January 13, 2016
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When I first encountered Welcome to the Dollhouse on video almost a year ago, I found it a quirky, troubled, but likable black comedy; alas, neither a big screen nor a live audience enhances its virtues. Much of the strident laughter I heard at a preview last week made me want to squirm, because it was as ugly in some ways as what I saw on-screen. Like the nervous, forced laughter I heard at some screenings of Roger & Me, this was the response of people stifling pain rather than releasing it.
June 21, 1996
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