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Dear Wendy Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 22, 2005
A tedious exercise in style, intended as a meditation on guns and violence in America but more of a meditation on itself, the kind of meditation that invites the mind to stray.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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.
| Original Score: 1/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 20, 2005
A dumb movie that thinks it's smart is the worst kind of awful.
| Original Score: 1/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
September 18, 2005
A daft portrait of the U.S. (and its racism and gun-worship) that's wide of the mark.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 21, 2005
Well made but unlikable and dramatically absurd.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 24, 2005
The audience is clearly expected to enjoy the bloodbath even while it disapproves.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 23, 2006
The result is mixed.
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chelsea Bain
Boston Herald
October 21, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
September 22, 2005
The film's last act almost completely self-destructs, falling into blind, metaphor-baiting machinations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 23, 2007
The highlight is when a female member of the Dandies bares her breasts, which is about as pointless as the rest of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
John Anderson
Christian Science Monitor
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
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 6, 2005
The scenario's practically straitjacketed in commentary. Von Trier's weak story doesn't help.
Wesley Morris
Film Comment Magazine
November 19, 2013
Sadly, the real Thomas Vinterberg appears to be standing up. But for what exactly?
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
March 21, 2006
a private joke for two guys who should know better.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Michael Posner
Globe and Mail
February 24, 2006
We get it, Lars. Actually, we got it some time ago. Guns are bad things. They kill people and Americans are obsessed with them. Can we move on now?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 21, 2005
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
August 5, 2005
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Time Out
August 4, 2005

Boston Phoenix
September 24, 2005
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AV Club
September 26, 2005

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June 3, 2006

Sight and Sound
September 28, 2006
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