Welcome to the Dollhouse (1996)

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By Scott Goldfine

Preteen Dawn Wiener (Heather Matarazzo) is stuck in the middle in the pleasingly dark comedy “Welcome to the Dollhouse.” The introverted Dawn endures the nightmare of being a middle child in her first year of middle school in the middle of suburban New Jersey.

Viciously ridiculed by classmates and misunderstood by family, Dawn suffers through what many us not-so-fondly recall about puberty. Director Todd Solondz does masterful work here. Rated R.

GRADE: A-

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