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.

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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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
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Audience Reviews for Dancer in the Dark


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.

paul o.
paul oh

Super Reviewer


A devastating, soul-crushing take on the justice system concerning a blind immigrant (Bjork), who gets by as a machine-worker by day and a theater performer by night, who is exploited by some people she is closest to in 1964 Washington. This film is a full mixed-bag, as director Lars von Trier occasionally gets too self-righteous in his damning of America and its inhabitants, but the film still succeeds largely to Bjork's moving, incredibly realized performance, as well as a final 20 minutes that packs a devastating, tear-filled blow to the heart. Kudos to von Trier for inserting the "musical" aspect to this film in very clever ways, which gives a much-needed boost of life and energy to a very depressing and downbeat film. Be warned though, the end will make you weep like a baby.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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