Dancer in the Dark (2000) - Rotten Tomatoes

Dancer in the Dark (2000)



Critic Consensus: Dancer in Dark can be grim, dull, and difficult to watch, but even so, it has a powerful and moving performance from Bjork and is something quite new and visionary.

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Set in rural America in 1964, an immigrant and single mother who works at a factory takes refuge from her hardships by imagining herself and her co-workers in Hollywood musicals.more
Rating: R (for some violence)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Lars von Trier
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 20, 2001
Box Office: $2.8M
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as Selma
Joel Grey
as Oldrich
Udo Kier
as Dr. Porkorny
eljko Ivanek
as District Attorney
Vladica Kostic
as Gene Jezkova
Mette Berggreen
as Receptionist
Lars Michael Dinesen
as Defense Attorney
Michael Flessas
as Angry Man
Noah Lazarus
as Officer of the Court
Sheldon Litt
as Visitor
Andrew Lucre
as Clerk of the Court
John Martinus
as Chairman
Luke Reilly
as New Defense Counsel
Sean Michael Smith
as Person in Doorway
Paprika Steen
as Woman on Night Shift
Eric Voge
as Officer
Nick Wolf
as Man with Hood
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Critic Reviews for Dancer in the Dark

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (37)

At least Dancer in the Dark is bad in a complicated way.

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Aims right for the heart and aces its target.

June 5, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Denmark's enfant terrible Lars von Trier finally won the Camme Palme d'Or for this postmodern deconstructive musical featuring a stunning performance by Bjork.

Full Review… | April 7, 2011

Habitually galling director Lars von Trier's musical is a black-swan genre rarity - a 1960s-set sledgehammer to Broadway and Hollywood's insistence on sunshiny endings in golden-era musicals about Nazis, murder and suicide.

Full Review… | September 25, 2010

Everything about Bjork and Dancer in the Dark is enigmatic in an uncomfortable dissecting way that shows beauty in the crudest way, and crudeness in the complexity of advanced social mores.

Full Review… | October 26, 2009

It is not pleasing to watch, by any conceivable definition of that word.

Full Review… | September 12, 2007
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for Dancer in the Dark


Björk is magnificent in a very demanding performance, acting and singing in this grim and devastating musical tragedy that can be really difficult for some people to watch, but no one can deny that it is incredibly thought-provoking and emotionally compelling.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


It's like a Raymond Carver short story written by Ingmar Bergman, and directed occasionally by Baz Luhrman. Plus, it stars Bjork. Weird, wonderful slice of life story, a truly original film about characters on the margins trying to succeed on their own terms. Like nothing I've ever seen before.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

Its a different type of musical. Von Trier finds an all star cast from Bjork to Peter Stormare and creates a dark and depressing piece of cinema. The dead silence of some scenes are bleak but its the musical scores that helps carry the film.

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paul oh

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