Dancer in the Dark - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Dancer in the Dark Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
April 7, 2011
Denmark's enfant terrible Lars von Trier finally won the Camme Palme d'Or for this postmodern deconstructive musical featuring a stunning performance by Bjork.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nick Rogers
September 25, 2010
Habitually galling director Lars von Trier's musical is a black-swan genre rarity - a 1960s-set sledgehammer to Broadway and Hollywood's insistence on sunshiny endings in golden-era musicals about Nazis, murder and suicide.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Cole Smithey
October 26, 2009
Everything about Bjork and Dancer in the Dark is enigmatic in an uncomfortable dissecting way that shows beauty in the crudest way, and crudeness in the complexity of advanced social mores.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 12, 2007
It is not pleasing to watch, by any conceivable definition of that word.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Rob Gonsalves
July 29, 2007
Even without the musical numbers, von Trier has given us a compelling story with original characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
I was devastated by it. What bothers me is this: It is the easiest thing in the world to do... move people by destroying something beautiful.
| Original Score: B
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 5, 2003
Von Trier is vicious when it comes to milking the melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
February 7, 2003
Though flawed, Dancer in the Dark is a worthy addition to the filmography of Mr. von Trier.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tom Meek
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
The songs are all written and performed flawlessly by Bjork. And not only can the pixie goddess sing and dance, she can also act.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Peter Matthews
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
The situations that writer-director Lars von Trier serves up here might be embarrassingly florid, but the coupling of his manipulative skills and Björk's showy intensity results in a movie with the force of an emotional bulldozer.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 12, 2002
The turgid soap opera of a plot reveals little of the human truths [it] presumably wants to uncover.
Full Review | Original Score: C?
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
...a calculated attack on conventional sentimentality and Hollywood illusion; the kind of movie that means to frustrate your expectations rather than affirm your assumptions.
Full Review| Original Score: B+
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 15, 2002
Director Lars von Trier's last film, "Breaking the Waves," dealt with a woman (Emily Watson) who thought she could talk to God. "Dancer" presents Selma as a naif who believes Heaven looks a lot like Hollywood.
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience
May 30, 2002
A visionary and magical experience. This film is miraculous.
Collin Souter
April 19, 2002
One critic has been quoted as describing Bjork's acting style as a re-invention of the art form. Another bit of hype that turned out to be true.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
At least Dancer in the Dark is bad in a complicated way.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
Ultimately, it's a tribute to the power of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
September 20, 2001
The powerful, emotional music perfectly complements the dark, somber tone of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
July 24, 2001
An uncomfortable but significant success.
| Original Score: 82/100
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 5, 2001
Aims right for the heart and aces its target.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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