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Dancer in the Dark Reviews

September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 19, 2002
At least Dancer in the Dark is bad in a complicated way.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 5, 2001
Aims right for the heart and aces its target.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 1, 2000
Much of it comes across as a giant, misshapen ego trip.
January 1, 2000
It demands to be seen, and though you might detest it, at least you'll exit the theater with the bruised sense of having seen something memorable.
January 1, 2000
A dark, slow and depressing, but ultimately haunting film.
January 1, 2000
Strange, cerebral, immensely interesting and weirdly, thoroughly distancing, Dancer in the Dark is a movie like they used to make 'em.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
The crazy thing is that, sarcastic as Dancer is, it actually works as an anti-capital- punishment tract.
January 1, 2000
It's great to see a movie so courageous and affecting, so committed to its own differentness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
Has moments of unbelievable power and horror ... and these moments make the rest worthwhile.
January 1, 2000
This movie, for all its flaws, is a unique journey, and needs to be experienced rather than explained.
January 1, 2000
Selma asks for so little, complains so seldom, and is in such perpetual denial about her problems that I find her virtually indigestible as a character.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
So unrelenting in its manipulative sentimentality that, if it had been made by an American and shot in a more conventional manner, it would be seen as a bad joke.
January 1, 2000
Dancer in the Dark is that curious thing, a movie that by turns is wincingly awful and heartbreakingly fine.
January 1, 2000
[Von Trier] manages to generate big emotions out of meager material, mainly thanks to the performances he gets from his actors.
Read More | Original Score: B-
January 1, 2000
Such are the exquisite contradictions of this deeply affecting gem that I found myself massaging goose bumps even as I flinched in terror.
January 1, 2000
So exasperating in its contradictions, so frustrating in its fakery, so deeply irritating in its pretensions, it's frankly hard to know where to begin to dissect it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: C
January 1, 2000
A numbing, nearly three-hour musical.
January 1, 2000
It's a carefully crafted provocation that both undermines and expands the notion of what makes a movie musical.
January 1, 2000
Like the movie created around her, [Bjork is] nothing short of hypnotic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
This is a film like no other this year, and on that grounds alone you should see it.
January 1, 2000
A thought-provoking, emotionally resonant, and innovative cinematic experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
It's not just that the numbers are berserkly bad; they also don't seem to have any emotional connection to this bedraggled, Dickensian waif.
January 1, 2000
You may resent some of the tactics von Trier uses, but there's no denying the devastating power of his film.
January 1, 2000
Von Trier is asking not that you take a leap of faith; he's asking you to hold his hand while he jumps off the bridge.
January 1, 2000
Come to the theater prepared, with a handkerchief in one hand and a rotten tomato in the other.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 1, 2000
Graced with a particular genius for absorbing the past to suggest an exciting cinematic future.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 1, 2000
It smashes down the walls of habit that surround so many movies. It returns to the wellsprings. It is a bold, reckless gesture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4