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Wiener-Dog tells several stories featuring people who find their life inspired or changed by one particular dachshund, who seems to be spreading a certain kind of comfort and joy. Man’s best friend starts out teaching a young boy some contorted life lessons before being taken in by a compassionate vet tech named Dawn Wiener. Dawn reunites with someone from her past and sets off on a road trip picking up some depressed mariachis along the way. Wiener-Dog then encounters a floundering film professor, as well as an embittered elderly woman and her needy granddaughter—all longing for something more.

Actors: Ellen Burstyn , Kieran Culkin , Julie Delpy , Danny DeVito , Greta Gerwig , Tracy Letts , Zosia Mamet , Keaton Nigel Cooke , Haraldo Alvarez , Rigoberto Garcia
Directors: Todd Solondz
Country: USA
Release: 2016-06-24
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  • Eric Kohn

    Bizarre and challenging when it's not outright goofy, Wiener-Dog never feels remotely compromised. Somehow hilarious and gloomy at the same time, it represents a big middle finger to anyone who wishes Solondz would lighten up.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Calvin Wilson

    Looking for a feel-good movie? Fortunately, this film doesn’t qualify.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Wiener-Dog has a satirical edge as sharp as any Solondz has fashioned, but it is also filled with disarming moments of absurdist humor.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Sheila O'Malley

    With all its humor (and there is a ton), Wiener-Dog, following the journey of a dachshund as it is shuffled from owner to owner, is one of Solondz's sharpest visions of futility. Full Review
  • Dave White

    An atheist’s inverse Balthazar, Wiener-Dog witnesses and experiences suffering but cannot transform that pain into anything substantive, nor can she redeem those around her.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    It's good to know Solondz hasn't lost his ability to shock, or his indifference to anyone thinking he goes too far. Wiener-Dog is gentler material than usual for him, sweet, even goofy at times, yet no comfier than a sandpaper hug.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Jordan Raup

    With Wiener-Dog, Solondz is perhaps at his most evidently candid, showing all the different, damaged people that can enter and exit one’s life, and what our mutually shared, inevitable destination will be.

    The Film Stage Full Review
  • Tom Duggins

    Throughout, Solondz never allows a situation to get too serious. Something clownish or ludicrous is always peeking round the corner. At times, as with the very finale of the film, this works brilliantly: generating something darkly hilarious and cutely uncomfortable.

    CineVue Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    I loved it, but you might not. Despite its often prostrating bleakness and an ending likely to inspire howls of outrage (Solondz’s world is not kind to children or pets), it might be the closest he’ll ever come to making an inspirational work.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    En route to the harshest, most unremittingly bleak film of his career, Solondz unleashes some of his sharpest commentary on human mortality and regret.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Nigel M Smith

    Wiener-Dog doesn’t find Solondz going light to deliver an inspirational medley. Instead, he’s created arguably his most caustic film since Happiness.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Barry Hertz

    Overly sensitive pet owners, however, would be advised to take a walk.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    As he gets older, Todd Solondz outgrows the cheap shocks and easy nihilism and stumbles toward a mellow misanthropy. He compares his new film Wiener-Dog to “Au Hasard Balthazar” (1966) and “Benji” (1974), though it tends more toward the latter than toward Robert Bresson’s masterpiece.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • David Lewis

    At the end of the day, Wiener-Dog seems to be saying that life is mundane, then you die. It’s not the stuff of Hallmark cards, but Solondz has a way of making it palatable.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael Roffman

    You’ll laugh, you’ll cringe, you’ll wince, and you’ll sigh. Such is the genius of Wiener-Dog, and of Solondz, and why he remains a reliable visionary.

    Consequence of Sound Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    The juxtaposition of formal beauty and surpassing human ugliness is hardly the least of “Wiener-Dog’s” numerous internal contradictions, some of which are more resolvable than others.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Fionnuala Halligan

    Solondz’s latest is morose and jaundiced and, although uneven, a relentlessly clever little film.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Guy Lodge

    This elegantly wrought oddity appears at the halfway mark to be heading into uncharacteristically hopeful territory for Solondz — until a toe-tapping intermission marks a reassuring plunge into abject despair.

    Variety Full Review
  • Steve Davis

    In the end, trying to compartmentalize this movie in some neat fashion is folly. This is Todd Solondz and, refreshingly enough, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    The mordancy of this movie will not surprise Solondz devotees, but unknowing audiences expecting a raunchy teen comedy from the film’s title should be forewarned. This is not “American Pie” in a kennel.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    Wiener-Dog’s laughs are typically sour, but the filmmaker hasn’t landed this many of them since "Storytelling," his last multipart feature.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    What saves the movie is Solondz’s sensibility, which is still one-of-a-kind.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    You wouldn’t exactly call the movie a thrill, but it’s curiously engrossing all the same.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Tim Robey

    This prodding, acidic, bumpy-but-worthwhile movie is about even the world’s consenting creatures winding up with nothing they really wanted, while a dog submits to human will just to make us feel like we’re the ones in charge.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Olly Richards

    This is a gentler, less confrontational Solondz. It makes you laugh, but probably won’t leave you reeling after. Some fans of his might consider that a disappointment, others might find it a relief.

    Empire Full Review
  • Barbara VanDenburgh

    It’s a variation on a theme that Solondz has been working through his whole filmography, and when he’s successful, he convinces you to believe the worst in people and laugh at it. But when he’s not, the film can feel like punishment.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Mr. Solondz’s eye for the petty hypocrisies and delusions of American life has lost some of its sharpness, and he flails at flabby targets — avant-garde art, campus “political correctness” — in ways that sometimes carry an ugly whiff of racial and sexual bigotry.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    The joke is that Wiener-Dog is about as non-epic as can be, but there’s also a sleight of hand, with the dazzle of the images distracting us from the fact that the movie has run out of plot. Meanwhile, the depths of doghood remain unplumbed.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Life may be as unfair and arbitrary as Solondz portrays it, but it is arguably more diverse in its moods and its ups and downs. The pic may not be a dog, but nor is it likely to become anyone’s best friend.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • John Hartl

    The casting was spot-on in “Dollhouse”; here it seems haphazard.

    The Seattle Times Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    What happens to the film's title character — and the audience — shouldn't happen to a dog.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    It shouldn’t happen to a dog — or to an audience of dog lovers.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Clayton Dillard

    The film's back half nearly goes completely astray with two segments featuring unimaginative characterizations and tepid, mean-spirited scenarios.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    In Wiener-Dog, Solondz just keeps telling the same dark joke over and over again—and it just keeps getting less and less funny. It’s a dog.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
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