| Original Score: A
At least Dancer in the Dark is bad in a complicated way.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Aims right for the heart and aces its target.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Much of it comes across as a giant, misshapen ego trip.
It demands to be seen, and though you might detest it, at least you'll exit the theater with the bruised sense of having seen something memorable.
A dark, slow and depressing, but ultimately haunting film.
Strange, cerebral, immensely interesting and weirdly, thoroughly distancing, Dancer in the Dark is a movie like they used to make 'em.
| Original Score: 2/4
The crazy thing is that, sarcastic as Dancer is, it actually works as an anti-capital- punishment tract.
It's great to see a movie so courageous and affecting, so committed to its own differentness.
| Original Score: 4/4
Has moments of unbelievable power and horror ... and these moments make the rest worthwhile.
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.
This movie, for all its flaws, is a unique journey, and needs to be experienced rather than explained.
Dancer in the Dark is that curious thing, a movie that by turns is wincingly awful and heartbreakingly fine.
So unrelenting in its manipulative sentimentality that, if it had been made by an American and shot in a more conventional manner, it would be seen as a bad joke.
[Von Trier] manages to generate big emotions out of meager material, mainly thanks to the performances he gets from his actors.
| Original Score: B-
Such are the exquisite contradictions of this deeply affecting gem that I found myself massaging goose bumps even as I flinched in terror.
So exasperating in its contradictions, so frustrating in its fakery, so deeply irritating in its pretensions, it's frankly hard to know where to begin to dissect it.
| Original Score: 1/5
A numbing, nearly three-hour musical.
| Original Score: C
It's a carefully crafted provocation that both undermines and expands the notion of what makes a movie musical.
Like the movie created around her, [Bjork is] nothing short of hypnotic.
| Original Score: 4/5
A thought-provoking, emotionally resonant, and innovative cinematic experience.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
This is a film like no other this year, and on that grounds alone you should see it.
It's not just that the numbers are berserkly bad; they also don't seem to have any emotional connection to this bedraggled, Dickensian waif.
You may resent some of the tactics von Trier uses, but there's no denying the devastating power of his film.
Von Trier is asking not that you take a leap of faith; he's asking you to hold his hand while he jumps off the bridge.
Come to the theater prepared, with a handkerchief in one hand and a rotten tomato in the other.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
It smashes down the walls of habit that surround so many movies. It returns to the wellsprings. It is a bold, reckless gesture.
Graced with a particular genius for absorbing the past to suggest an exciting cinematic future.