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
Solondz loves revisiting his creations (he did it in Life During Wartime and, glancingly, Palindromes). Alas, he never improves on the originals.
Wiener-Dog is a mordantly funny tour of the human condition seen from the low-slung position of a sausage dog.
Solondz' notorious misanthropy ... remains fully in force ...
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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