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The Celebration (Festen) Reviews

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Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 21, 2009
The Celebration is founded on a cheeky display of cinephilic self-promotion.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 21, 2008
gripping and devastatingly powerful
| Original Score: 4/5
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
October 1, 2004
Best of the 'Dogme' fims, which isn't saying much, but there you go.
| Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
August 6, 2004
Extraordinary...It is a celebration, not of a sham birthday party, but of the transformative power of truth.
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 9, 2004
A major triumph for the Dogme group, and a success from any point of view.
| Original Score: 5/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 15, 2003
Pungent family drama, but thuddingly self-serious and wildly overpraised.
| Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
This is a Dogma-95 styled film, where the Danish filmmaker's group manifesto determines the rules for how the film is to be made.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
January 1, 2000
showcases excellent acting, a great screenplay, and new innovative cinematography that is exciting and exhausting at the same time
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
Draws the viewer in with its immediacy, emotional rawness, and elements of surprise, shock and suspense.
Arthur Lazere
January 1, 2000
Vinterberg, while successfully holding his viewer's attention and moving his tale along with dispatch, doesn't here justify the unpleasantness with fresh insight.
David N. Butterworth
January 1, 2000
"The Celebration" is one of the finest films ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dustin Putman
January 1, 2000
Watching the picture, it felt more like a cerebral experience, than a normal film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Dequina
January 1, 2000
It's a fine line to walk, that between comedy and misery, but Vinterberg handles the balancing act magnificently.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Cole Smithey
February 21, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
July 14, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Sarah Chauncey
June 4, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 8, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Jurgen Fauth
October 8, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
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