Dogma 1999

Dogma

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

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Two fallen angels who were ejected from paradise find themselves banned in Wisconsin. They are now headed for New Jersey where they find a loophole that can get them back into heaven. The only catch is that it will destroy humanity. A group bands together to stop them.

Cast & Crew

Ben Affleck
Bartleby, Barry
Linda Fiorentino
Bethany Sloane
Matt Damon
Loki, Larry
George Carlin
Cardinal Ignatius
Salma Hayek
Serendipity
Jason Lee
Azrael
Chris Rock
Rufus, the 13th Apostle
Bud Cort
John Doe Jersey, God the Man
Jonathan Gordon
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Howard Shore
Original Music
Johann Strauß
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Robert Yeoman
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Scott Mosier
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Kevin Smith
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Critic Reviews for Dogma

All Critics (127) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (85) | Rotten (42)

  • 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

    Todd McCarthy

    Variety
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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…
  • Dogma is more strained than funny.

    April 27, 2007 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

    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…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • As an ambitious and overreaching break with Smith's provincial milieu Dogma is a failed experiment, but a noble failure.

    December 2, 2002 | Full Review…
  • Smith isn’t content merely to promote his own generic “faith”; he has to tell us, again and again, what’s wrong with orthodox Catholic belief.

    May 8, 2002 | Rating: F | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dogma

  • Mar 09, 2015
    I didn't know it at the time, but watching Mallrats on VHS as a kid was my first foray into View Askew, but it wasn't until Dogma that I realised there was something bigger and better I could latch on to with Kevin Smith at the helm.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2013
    Kevin Smith's religious epic Dogma is a fun and entertaining film that's irreverently hilarious. When two cast out angels discover a loophole that will allow them to re-enter Heaven a disillusioned Catholic is called upon to stop them. An impressive cast has been assembled, and includes Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Alan Rickman, George Carlin, and Chris Rock. Additionally, Smith's writing is pretty sharp, with some witty dialog and clever humor. However, his directing is still rather weak, and the editing is sloppy. Dogma is Kevin Smith's most ambition film yet, and despite the rough edges he succeeds at delivering an incredibly funny adventure.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 27, 2012
    [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/img] 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 C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2012
    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 W Super Reviewer

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