Dancer in the Dark - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Dancer in the Dark Reviews

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Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 12, 2002
The turgid soap opera of a plot reveals little of the human truths [it] presumably wants to uncover.
Full Review | Original Score: C?
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 12, 2007
It is not pleasing to watch, by any conceivable definition of that word.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Selma asks for so little, complains so seldom, and is in such perpetual denial about her problems that I find her virtually indigestible as a character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
They speak English, but the film doesn't feel American.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeremiah Kipp
January 27, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 1, 2000
Dancer in the Dark is that curious thing, a movie that by turns is wincingly awful and heartbreakingly fine.
Jim Judy
Screen It!
January 1, 2000
It may have some powerful and disturbing moments, but it's otherwise too self-absorbed and pretentious in showing the viewer just how quirky and moving a film it thinks it really is.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
January 1, 2000
It hits all the cheap little notes of viewer manipulation that Hollywood hacks rely on to wring tears from the dramatically challenged suckers in the crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Widgett Walls
May 24, 2001
The genre of the movie musical is in a sad state. This is a genre that did not need Von Trier's 'help'.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Shay Casey
February 14, 2001
I got very little out of this particular freak show.
| Original Score: 2/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
If this movie were ever to open on Broadway, they could hold the opening and closing night parties simultaneously.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
it is hard to resist the suspicion that the whole thing is a ruse to satisfy some deep-seated sadistic urge in von Trier's artistic psyche
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
January 1, 2000
A numbing, nearly three-hour musical.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
January 1, 2000
It offers its not-so-profound socio-political commentary in a pointlessly showy style thatsays more about its creator's self-importance than any message he wants to deliver.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Von Trier ... makes a mockery of his actors and his audience.
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Falls far short of Breaking the Waves in nearly every way -- in uneven performances, an implausible narrative, its shallow emotional resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A bitter confection chock-full of rusty barbs and a woeful, inexorable slide into doom and worse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Susan Granger
January 1, 2000
Laura Clifford
January 1, 2000
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
February 14, 2001
Mark Freeman
Critical Eye
January 24, 2004
Todd R. Ramlow
January 1, 2000
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Rhys Graham
Senses of Cinema
June 5, 2001
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
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Derek Elley
February 12, 2009
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Lisa Nesselson
February 23, 2012
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Ebert & Roeper
January 1, 2000
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Toronto Star
January 1, 2000
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Hollywood Reporter
May 11, 2001

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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