Dear Wendy Reviews

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 27, 2005
Like the Dandies, Vinterberg and Von Trier are fascinated by something they despise, and despise it even more for fascinating them. And in the end, like the Dandies, Vinterberg and Von Trier still don't know the first thing about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
September 25, 2005
The gay burlesque version of the NRA
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 24, 2005
The audience is clearly expected to enjoy the bloodbath even while it disapproves.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
September 24, 2005
The Nazis did this sort of thing in THEIR cinema during the 1930s and '40s...
| Original Score: 0.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 24, 2005
...thoroughly and irredeemably dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 24, 2005
Dear Wendy is loaded with ideas, some half-baked, some dead-on, some just stupid, and Vinterberg throws them at the screen willy-nilly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
September 23, 2005
For a film that explores the nuances of this complicated issue, I suggest you rent Gus Van Sant's Elephant.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Pam Grady
Reel.com
September 23, 2005
Vinterberg takes von Trier's witty, ironic screenplay, which explores the American fascination with firearms, and builds from it an elegant, explosive black comedy that adds a wry nod to that disappearing genre, the Western.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
September 23, 2005
This allegory about alienated young people who love their firearms to death is so mannered and pretentious that any worthwhile insights it may possess end up shot full of holes.
| Original Score: 2/4

E! Online
September 23, 2005
It's an obvious point, one made all the more maddening for its can't-be-denied quality and its artful, strangely lovelorn aura of sadness.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 23, 2005
Bloody as it is, it has no access to viewers' emotions, and its message - play with fire and you get burned -- is too obvious to be provocative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
September 23, 2005
It's so entertaining that even a die-hard NRA member might be impressed.
| Original Score: 3/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 23, 2005
Instead of The Wild Bunch, Von Trier winds up channeling Wild in the Streets and similarly dated youthquake goofs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Les Wright
culturevulture.net
September 22, 2005
A pastiche of Hollywood western themes and characters woven into a modern-day morality play about the mystique of handguns in America...as seen from a distant European mirror
September 22, 2005
A weird, beautifully made, stirringly acted movie. But also a frustrating movie that feels like a very artfully written but poorly thought out high schooler's blog harangue.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.3/10
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 22, 2005
An allegory on guns and violence in America that is all the more resounding for its acutely observed foreigners' perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Newsday
September 22, 2005
The location is nowhere, the characters' diction is beyond stylized and Novella Nelson plays Dick's maid. Miner families with maids? Maybe in Denmark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 22, 2005
Thomas Vinterberg and Lars von Trier take another step toward intellectual bankruptcy with a pretentious film about a group of pacifists obsessed with handguns.
| Original Score: 1/5
John Anderson
Christian Science Monitor
September 22, 2005
Via stylized language, fetishism, and some obvious erotic obsessions, the filmmakers have created one weirdly provocative film, which isn't very successful but ought still to be seen.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 22, 2005
It's a long slog, not because what the film says is provocative but because the technique is as slack as the writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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