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Wiener-Dog (2016)



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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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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Greta Gerwig
as Dawn Wiener
Danny DeVito
as Dave Schmerz
Kett Turton
as Director
Jen Ponton
as Kristy
Ari Graynor
as Carol Steinhart
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Critic Reviews for Wiener-Dog

All Critics (114) | Top Critics (40)

Solondz loves revisiting his creations (he did it in Life During Wartime and, glancingly, Palindromes). Alas, he never improves on the originals.

August 14, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Wiener-Dog is a mordantly funny tour of the human condition seen from the low-slung position of a sausage dog.

August 12, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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It is a movie with a hard core of disillusionment.

August 12, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Wiener-Dog sees Solondz on top form.

August 11, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Solondz' notorious misanthropy ... remains fully in force ...

August 11, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The film is more successful as an exercise in style than it is as a gripping observation of the real world.

August 11, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

I liked it, but that ending was terrible.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

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