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Dogma (1999)

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67

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 126
Fresh: 84 | Rotten: 42

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

48

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 15

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

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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

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Kevin Smith

May 2, 2000

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All Critics (129) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (84) | Rotten (42) | DVD (37)

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.

March 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (4)
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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.

March 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (3)
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Dogma is more strained than funny.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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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.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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A fresh premise gradually turns stale, and jokes that start out lively end up pooped.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Thou shalt not stop laughing.

May 10, 2001
Rolling Stone
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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.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
Bullz-Eye.com

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

July 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique
Cinefantastique

A lighthearted, determinedly independent romp.

March 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Make no mistake, Kevin Smith's talky, farcical comedy of cosmic errors is clever. But it's clever in a deeply juvenile way.

March 19, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

What you hear throughout Dogma, liberally peppered with the usual prankish profanities, is Kevin Smith having a conversation with himself about his faith.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Writer-Director Kevin Smith keeps getting better.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

It's push-the-envelope coarse, thematically ambitious, and -- most dangerously -- self-consciously respectful and thoughtful on matters of faith and religion.

April 6, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDJournal.com
DVDJournal.com

At their best, his verbal exercises are pyrotechnical, at worst, logorrheic.

July 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

It is thoughtful and funny but less than satisfying. Smith took on a bit too much, but I laud the effort.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

a surprisingly tender and humane movie that seems touchingly confident of God's sense of humor and infinite patience

January 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The film takes aim at so many contemporary targets and with such gusto that you fear each time you laugh you might be missing another wonderful line.

June 8, 2004
Jam! Movies

Jumping on the pre-millennium, end-of-the-world hype, Smith has chosen an opportune time to take a satirical and witty look at the shortcomings of organized religion.

June 8, 2004
Jam! Movies

Irreverent, but it is hardly sacrilegious.

June 8, 2004
Jam! Movies

I loved seeing all these great character actors at work, and the discussions are rich and intelligent.

October 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The movie is brilliant satire, pointing out exactly what's wrong in organized religion today and vaguely suggesting a few solutions.

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

Those who would call it sacreligious (and there will be many) should look beyond the foul language and crude humor, to see more deeply into Smith's intentions to give the dusty doctrines of the ancient faith a fresh new perspective.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Audience Reviews for Dogma

I love the way Smith pokes fun at religion. He just turns stuff around and throws it back at ya'.
February 2, 2014
Raajay

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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.
March 31, 2012
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!!!
January 8, 2012
Joshua Wilburn

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What an amazing cast! Seriously if you don't see this for any other reason, you will still enjoy it. Who would have thought this group of people would ever work together? Only Kevin Smith can pull it off so seamlessly. I love this movie, although I don't promote its ideas of religion, it doesn't matter, this movie is entertaining, funny, and exciting no matter what you believe, so don't get bogged down in that part of it. The story is utterly original and timely for people today. I highly recommend this movie.
December 23, 2011
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