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Dear Wendy Reviews

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September 27, 2005
Like the Dandies, Vinterberg and Von Trier are fascinated by something they despise, and despise it even more for fascinating them. And in the end, like the Dandies, Vinterberg and Von Trier still don't know the first thing about it.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 25, 2005
The gay burlesque version of the NRA
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 24, 2005
The audience is clearly expected to enjoy the bloodbath even while it disapproves.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 24, 2005
...thoroughly and irredeemably dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 24, 2005
The Nazis did this sort of thing in THEIR cinema during the 1930s and '40s...
Read More | Original Score: 0.5/5
September 24, 2005
Dear Wendy is loaded with ideas, some half-baked, some dead-on, some just stupid, and Vinterberg throws them at the screen willy-nilly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 23, 2005
For a film that explores the nuances of this complicated issue, I suggest you rent Gus Van Sant's Elephant.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
September 23, 2005
Vinterberg takes von Trier's witty, ironic screenplay, which explores the American fascination with firearms, and builds from it an elegant, explosive black comedy that adds a wry nod to that disappearing genre, the Western.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 23, 2005
This allegory about alienated young people who love their firearms to death is so mannered and pretentious that any worthwhile insights it may possess end up shot full of holes.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 23, 2005
It's an obvious point, one made all the more maddening for its can't-be-denied quality and its artful, strangely lovelorn aura of sadness.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 23, 2005
Bloody as it is, it has no access to viewers' emotions, and its message - play with fire and you get burned -- is too obvious to be provocative.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 23, 2005
It's so entertaining that even a die-hard NRA member might be impressed.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 23, 2005
Instead of The Wild Bunch, Von Trier winds up channeling Wild in the Streets and similarly dated youthquake goofs.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 22, 2005
A pastiche of Hollywood western themes and characters woven into a modern-day morality play about the mystique of handguns in America...as seen from a distant European mirror
September 22, 2005
A weird, beautifully made, stirringly acted movie. But also a frustrating movie that feels like a very artfully written but poorly thought out high schooler's blog harangue.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.3/10
September 22, 2005
An allegory on guns and violence in America that is all the more resounding for its acutely observed foreigners' perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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September 22, 2005
The location is nowhere, the characters' diction is beyond stylized and Novella Nelson plays Dick's maid. Miner families with maids? Maybe in Denmark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 22, 2005
Thomas Vinterberg and Lars von Trier take another step toward intellectual bankruptcy with a pretentious film about a group of pacifists obsessed with handguns.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
September 22, 2005
Via stylized language, fetishism, and some obvious erotic obsessions, the filmmakers have created one weirdly provocative film, which isn't very successful but ought still to be seen.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 22, 2005
It's a long slog, not because what the film says is provocative but because the technique is as slack as the writing.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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