Dear Wendy Reviews

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?
January 6, 2006
If Jamie Bell can't rescue a movie, it's probably not salvageable.
October 6, 2005
The scenario's practically straitjacketed in commentary. Von Trier's weak story doesn't help.
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.
September 24, 2005
The audience is clearly expected to enjoy the bloodbath even while it disapproves.
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.
September 23, 2005
For a film that explores the nuances of this complicated issue, I suggest you rent Gus Van Sant's Elephant.
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.
September 23, 2005
It's so entertaining that even a die-hard NRA member might be impressed.
September 22, 2005
An allegory on guns and violence in America that is all the more resounding for its acutely observed foreigners' perspective.
Top Critic
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 20, 2005
Especially in the climactic, clumsily staged gunfight, the prevailing mode is wide-eyed idiocy -- which might be the point.
September 9, 2005
Although Dear Wendy, like most things Von Trier's name is attached to these days, has been widely attacked for selling a nave and ersatz version of American gun culture, what's most interesting about it is just how unapologetically unreal it is.
August 3, 2005
Despite a slow pace, the Dandies' queasy fascination with the whole science of shooting, from marksmanship to exit wounds, won't let you get restless.
July 21, 2005
Well made but unlikable and dramatically absurd.