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Dancer in the Dark Reviews

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Emanuel Levy

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

April 7, 2011
Nick Rogers

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 Source: | Original Score: 4/4

September 25, 2010
Cole Smithey

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 Source: | Original Score: A-

October 26, 2009
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 6/10

September 12, 2007
Rob Gonsalves

Even without the musical numbers, von Trier has given us a compelling story with original characters.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

July 29, 2007
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

I was devastated by it. What bothers me is this: It is the easiest thing in the world to do... move people by destroying something beautiful.

| Original Score: B

December 6, 2004
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Von Trier is vicious when it comes to milking the melodrama.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 5, 2003
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

Though flawed, Dancer in the Dark is a worthy addition to the filmography of Mr. von Trier.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 3/4

February 7, 2003
Tom Meek
Film Threat

The songs are all written and performed flawlessly by Bjork. And not only can the pixie goddess sing and dance, she can also act.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 8, 2002
Peter Matthews
Sight and Sound

The situations that writer-director Lars von Trier serves up here might be embarrassingly florid, but the coupling of his manipulative skills and Björk's showy intensity results in a movie with the force of an emotional bulldozer.

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

December 2, 2002
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

The turgid soap opera of a plot reveals little of the human truths [it] presumably wants to uncover.

Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium | Original Score: C?

August 12, 2002
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...a calculated attack on conventional sentimentality and Hollywood illusion; the kind of movie that means to frustrate your expectations rather than affirm your assumptions.

Full Review | Original Score: B+

July 31, 2002
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Director Lars von Trier's last film, "Breaking the Waves," dealt with a woman (Emily Watson) who thought she could talk to God. "Dancer" presents Selma as a naif who believes Heaven looks a lot like Hollywood.

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

June 15, 2002
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience

A visionary and magical experience. This film is miraculous.

Full Review Source: Film Experience

May 30, 2002
Collin Souter

One critic has been quoted as describing Bjork's acting style as a re-invention of the art form. Another bit of hype that turned out to be true.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/4

April 19, 2002
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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At least Dancer in the Dark is bad in a complicated way.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 19, 2002
Jeremy Heilman

Ultimately, it's a tribute to the power of cinema.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/4

March 5, 2002
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

The powerful, emotional music perfectly complements the dark, somber tone of the film.

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 3/4

September 20, 2001
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

An uncomfortable but significant success.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 82/100

July 24, 2001
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Aims right for the heart and aces its target.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

June 5, 2001
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