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Todd Solondz

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About the Movie

From director Todd Solondz (Welcome To The Dollhouse, Happiness), Wiener-Dog is a dark, starkly funny story of a single dog and the many different people she touches over her short lifetime. 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. After leaving Dawn, Wiener-Dog encounters a floundering film professor, as well as an embittered elderly woman and her needy granddaughter—all longing for something more. Solondz’s perversely dark comedy offers an appallingly honest look at the American experience, brought to life by its all-star cast.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 105
  • Fresh: 79
  • Rotten: 26
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: You wouldn't exactly call the movie a thrill, but it's curiously engrossing all the same. – Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, Jun 30, 2016

Fresh: The best story involves Danny DeVito as a screenwriting teacher, which allows Solondz, an adjunct professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, to vent his spleen at the ignorance and arrogance of his students. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Jul 14, 2016

Fresh: Viewers wary of the director's reputation as a savage satirist will be pleasantly surprised by the deeply felt humanism in Weiner-Dog. – Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer, Jul 1, 2016

Rotten: Even Gerwig, who could light up a darkened cavern simply with her walk, is wasted under Solondz' mirthless direction. She shuffles along with her shoulders slumped, like all characters in Solondz' movies. – Adam Graham, Detroit News, Jul 8, 2016

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Customer Reviews

True master craftsman

This film is great, fun & exactly what you might expect from this director who is consistently excellent. Solondz is a true artist/director. Every film comes with a new tone/style with wonderful writing & top notch acting. Another great addition to the movie universe he's created.


Not a Comedy, i have a 9 year old weiner dog that looks just like the one in the movie that is why i rented it. This movie is sad and horrible, nothing funny about it. Complete waste of time and depressing.


I kept watching hoping something uplifting would happen and it never did (except for the druggy guy getting with the no-clue girl). One bad senerio after another. Why would anyone want to watch this movie? And I paid $2.99 for it. What a waste of money!