Dogma (1999)



Critic Consensus: Provocative and audacious, Dogma is an uneven but thoughtful religious satire that's both respectful and irreverent.

Movie Info

The latest battle in the eternal war between Good and Evil has come to New Jersey in the late, late 20th Century. In what can only be deemed a comedy parable, two renegade fallen angels attempt to jerry-rig the entire cosmological system -- unless a rag-tag group of humans can stop faith. Bethany, the heroine of DOGMA, is a woman who feels her prayers haven't been answered when, out of nowhere, a heralding angel appears in her bedroom and declares her the potential savior of humanity. This … More

Rating: R (for strong language including sex-related dialogue, violence, crude humor and some drug content)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Kevin Smith
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On DVD: May 2, 2000
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Critic Reviews for Dogma

All Critics (129) | Top Critics (29)

A very vulgar pro-faith comedy rather than a sacrilegious goof, Dogma is an extraordinarily uneven film that significant cutting might be able to transform into a playable one.

Full Review… | March 19, 2008
Top Critic

I couldn't care less whether Smith's metaphysical conceits about the war between Good and Evil are those of a devout believer or an atheist. The bottom line is that they're puerile.

Full Review… | March 19, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Dogma is more strained than funny.

Full Review… | April 27, 2007
New York Observer
Top Critic

Too talky, too fond of in-jokes, too caught up (especially during the dismally weak climax) in its crass comic-strip ethos, and not, finally, as funny, subversive or thought-provoking as it would like to be.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's too bad Smith's trademark humor got in the way, because while the film definitely has its flaws, there's no denying that it also had the ability to serve as an intelligent debate about religion.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008

The true target of the film is not religion but religious dogma ...

Full Review… | July 7, 2008

Audience Reviews for Dogma

I love the way Smith pokes fun at religion. He just turns stuff around and throws it back at ya'.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


I love Kevin Smith correction I admire him, but this is without any doubt Kevin Smith's worst film. Dogma is overlong, very annoying and despite the usually comedic cast was just plain dull. I think the characters of Jay and Silent Bob are hilarious but the film around them just didn't work. The movie is a sucker for product placement and is essentialy a huge series of recycled jokes. Smith deserves praise for small pieces of inspired black comedy and a radical attempt at being funny without being offensive but it doesn't have any taste or any consistent tone. For about half of the movie it's got characters explaining stuff to the other characters about the plot. There's too much unfunny dialogue and consequently it's just plain boring and not funny at all. I laughed out loud once, and that was seeing Silent Bob fight for a dance at a strip club but apart from that I was very very bored.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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It's really hard to satire religion yet stay respectful of the religion. But this film does it. Kevin Smith is one of my favorite comedic writter/directors of our time and this film is a perfect example of his art. This is one of the only films I can stand Ben Affleck. Matt Damon should do more comedies like these. And for God sake please make another Jay & Silent Bob film please!!!

Joshua Wilburn
Joshua Wilburn

Super Reviewer

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