Antichrist Reviews

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Larry Gross
Film Comment Magazine
September 24, 2014
There will be no thumbs up or down ... [The film] is neither disgusting ... nor is it one of the great films. It is a transitional work made by an artist clearly in crisis.
Steve Dollar
Stop Smiling
March 5, 2014
Von Trier admits he has no idea what any of this s--- means, but only a filmmaker of his skill could make such an inchoate mess so strangely entertaining.
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
August 12, 2013
Because of its impassioned conviction, placing it on a scale of value is practically irrelevant.
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013
Before this movie goes careening desperately, hysterically, insanely off the rails, this is an ambitious, scary peek into pulsating, evil human hurt.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Mike Edwards
What Culture
March 1, 2011
It's audacious, gruesome and pushes to the extreme limits of acceptable cinema content: but it is never any of those things to exclude ordinary viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 21, 2010
It is unrelenting, terrifying and profoundly powerful. And it is really, really ballsy; a claim that viewers will recognise as being highly ironic considering the ball-related events that take place within the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Brian Holcomb
Kinetofilm
October 21, 2010
Von Trier is a prankster so any attempt to guess at WTF he had in mind could just end up with the Danish auteur pulling your leg. The Fox may have said it best:"Chaos Reigns"
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
July 6, 2010
Functioning as the inverse of the Biblical creation story, Antichrist is the most unique and divisive 'horror' film you are ever likely to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
July 6, 2010
A beautiful and ultimately very sad film.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 4, 2010
A grim film that wants you to feel the pain its characters do.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
January 31, 2010
Purely as a visual and visceral experience, puckish writer-diretor Lars von Trier produces an enormously powerful phantasmagoria that deals with and reproduces the effects of fear and depression.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Luke Y. Thompson
LYTRules.com
December 18, 2009
But there is one very definite way to take the vibe of the whole thing, I'd say, and that's that this movie knows exactly what it is to suffer from panic attacks.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 16, 2009
... it got to me in the way that poetry or music or visual majesty can; it hammered that place beyond language and intellect, the animal id of the screaming self ... A gleaming atrocity. Bad medicine.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
December 9, 2009
O sonho molhado de qualquer psicanalista.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
December 3, 2009
It's a beautiful film, if a difficult one to love, an adaptation in form of "Thanatopsis" that hears Nature speak with a forked tongue
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 2, 2009
Von Trier, never exactly an optimist, has never been this gloomy and pessimistic. Antichrist is the feel-bad movie of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
November 26, 2009
This is a bold, beautiful journey into the dark side of the soul that leaves you with many questions. But it is a film that will not leave you.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
November 26, 2009
Yes, Antichrist is harrowing and often shrill, but the horrors all serve the underlying theme that, try as they might, men can never fully understand the inconsolable grief women endure when they lose a child.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
November 26, 2009
We deride the lack of bold visions and confronting themes in world cinema today, yet a film like Antichrist comes along and there is a backlash against its artistry, complexity, ambition and ambiguity just because it contains moments that deeply shock.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jack Sargeant
FILMINK (Australia)
November 24, 2009
It's not a film for the faint of heart. Antichrist is about raw emotional heartbreak and the utter desolation of the soul, a film about being swallowed by grief until there is nothing left.
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