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Dear Wendy Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A tedious exercise in style, intended as a meditation on guns and violence in America but more of a meditation on itself, the kind of meditation that invites the mind to stray.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 22, 2005
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1/4

September 22, 2005
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A dumb movie that thinks it's smart is the worst kind of awful.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

October 20, 2005
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A daft portrait of the U.S. (and its racism and gun-worship) that's wide of the mark.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: D+

September 18, 2005
Todd McCarthy
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Well made but unlikable and dramatically absurd.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 21, 2005
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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The audience is clearly expected to enjoy the bloodbath even while it disapproves.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 1/4

September 24, 2005
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The result is mixed.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

March 23, 2006
Peter Sobczynski

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

January 22, 2013
Chelsea Bain
Boston Herald

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: 1/4

October 21, 2006
Rob Blackwelder

The film's last act almost completely self-destructs, falling into blind, metaphor-baiting machinations.

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 22, 2005
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The highlight is when a female member of the Dandies bares her breasts, which is about as pointless as the rest of the film.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C-

January 23, 2007
John Anderson
Christian Science Monitor

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 Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C

September 22, 2005
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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

September 22, 2005
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

September 23, 2005
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

September 24, 2005
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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 Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

September 27, 2005
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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The scenario's practically straitjacketed in commentary. Von Trier's weak story doesn't help.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 6, 2005
Wesley Morris
Film Comment Magazine

Sadly, the real Thomas Vinterberg appears to be standing up. But for what exactly?

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

November 19, 2013
Chris Cabin

a private joke for two guys who should know better.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1/5

March 21, 2006
Michael Posner
Globe and Mail
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We get it, Lars. Actually, we got it some time ago. Guns are bad things. They kill people and Americans are obsessed with them. Can we move on now?

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

February 24, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 21, 2005
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
August 5, 2005

Time Out
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August 4, 2005

Boston Phoenix
September 24, 2005

AV Club
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September 26, 2005

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June 3, 2006

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September 28, 2006

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November 16, 2011

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June 18, 2012
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