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Antichrist Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 29, 2010
Of course, von Trier wants us to react, to be repulsed, shocked, offended. Mission accomplished.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 2, 2009
Von Trier, never exactly an optimist, has never been this gloomy and pessimistic. Antichrist is the feel-bad movie of the year.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Christopher Kelly
Dallas Morning News
November 20, 2009
Antichrist is a unique form of cruel and unusual punishment: an unrelenting orgy of graphic sex, violence and cynicism that also manages to be wildly pretentious.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
November 20, 2009
Antichrist is a boldly personal film, tossing all von Trier's ideas about faith, fear, and human nature into an unfettered phantasmagoria, full of repulsive visions and fierce scorn.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 13, 2009
Self-loathing, mean, ugly and perfectly made, Antichrist is probably the best film ever that you'd recommend to absolutely no one.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 13, 2009
Antichrist ends up being more unnerving than it is terrifying, and a lot funnier than it's supposed to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 12, 2009
To watch the Danish provocateur's new film is to experience unrelenting pain, shading into revulsion, while being inspired by his virtuoso command of the medium and sharp intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 6, 2009
Von Trier and cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle use sumptuous black-and-white photography and saturated color. Few movies are as beautifully wrought as this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 30, 2009
What is Von Trier trying to say?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 29, 2009
No doubt some people will find Antichrist repellent. The question is whether you're open to films that are as flawed as they are ambitious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
October 26, 2009
On a narrative level, it's gobbledygook, as if von Trier has dredged up the details of a nightmare and filmed them in an attempt to get at some primal truths.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 26, 2009
Von Trier has said he wanted to make a genre horror picture, but he couldn't even come up with a decent metaphor: The climax is out of a Grade C hack-'em-up with people chasing each other through the woods with axes and knives.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 23, 2009
Artfully horrific but artificial and soulless.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 23, 2009
The scandal of Antichrist is not that it is grisly or upsetting but that it is so ponderous, so conceptually thin and so dull.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 23, 2009
Please don't take anything I've said to indicate that Antichrist isn't difficult to watch. It most certainly is, but as somebody (the Marquis de Sade, perhaps) once said: No pain, no gain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Ansen
Newsweek
October 23, 2009
Though it's hard to deny the fierce purity of Gainsbourg's performance, Antichrist plays like an incoherent mix of Gothic horror claptrap and Bergmanesque power struggle. I was more bored and puzzled than shattered and provoked.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 23, 2009
The movie's story and meaning are not mysterious but deliberately impenetrable, faint gestures in all directions, absent of artistic integrity, intellectual rigor or emotional significance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 23, 2009
Allegorical in the worst ways, Antichrist is about as profound as a slasher movie.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 22, 2009
I can't deny this is filled with powerfully primal images.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 22, 2009
By turns repellent, powerful and ludicrous, Antichrist piles horror on horror with pitiless passion.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
October 22, 2009
After the infantile bludgeoning that is Antichrist), I feel no need to keep accompanying von Trier's career at all.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 22, 2009
I'm inclined to agree with a colleague who told me he could swing with Antichrist when it was simply unstable but couldn't go with it when it turned insane. It's a useful distinction. And yet the first hour...is pretty stunning.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 22, 2009
The movie immerses itself in the darkest despair imaginable, blending dystopian porn with ghastly horror and graphic violence. But it's all done in a mundane, almost clinical way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 22, 2009
For better and for worse, it is exactly the movie von Trier wanted to make and a piece of staggeringly pure cinema. On at least one level, it's also hateful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 22, 2009
Von Trier, who has always been a provocateur, is driven to confront and shake his audience more than any other serious filmmaker -- even Bunuel and Herzog.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 21, 2009
It offers more proof, if we need any, that von Trier is one of the most accomplished cinema artists of our time, and also perhaps the most deeply trapped in his own head.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 21, 2009
To say that Antichrist is shocking would suggest that it's effective.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 21, 2009
The impotent folly of Antichrist is that von Trier has made it his mission to shock the bourgeoisie in an era when they can no longer be shocked.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 21, 2009
This is a classic case of a filmmaker believing he has found a greater truth and attempting with only middling success to regurgitate it in a film. And, like all vomit, you can kind-of see what it's composed of but the smell drives you away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
October 19, 2009
A word to the squeamish: there is no shame in leaving as the tools-and I use the word advisedly-come out. In a way, you will be getting the best of Antichrist, which until now has been a film of awkwardness, confusion, and great beauty.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 15, 2009
Von Trier says he was suffering from severe bouts of depression when he shot the movie. See Antichrist, and you'll know the feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
May 27, 2009
Antichrist, which, above all, wants to make pain visceral, is less successful at projecting authentic experience -- the shock tactics are ultimately numbing.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
May 18, 2009
The trouble is that Antichrist feels progressively symptomatic of a director losing heart.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
May 18, 2009
A troubling but refreshing sense of an artist uncloaked. A violent conflict of ideas and images. Any satisfaction from loose ends tied and questions answered? Forget it. It's just not that sort of film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 18, 2009
It's one good-looking, publicity-grabbing provocation, with an overlay of pseudo-Christian allegory thrown in to deflect a reasonable person's accusations of misogyny.
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Anthony Kaufman
indieWIRE
May 18, 2009
While there's no doubt that the place he goes is off a precipitous edge, one can't deny the film's continuing primal power.
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Peter Brunette
Hollywood Reporter
May 18, 2009
Visually gorgeous to a fault and teeming with grandiose if often fascinating ideas that overwhelm the modest story that serves as their vehicle, this may be the least artistically successful film von Trier has ever made.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 18, 2009
Lars von Trier cuts a big fat art-film fart with "Antichrist." As if deliberately courting critical abuse, the Danish bad boy densely packs this theological-psychological horror opus with grotesque, self-consciously provocative images.