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Dogma Reviews

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Jason Zingale
October 18, 2008
It's too bad Smith's trademark humor got in the way, because while the film definitely has its flaws, there's no denying that it also had the ability to serve as an intelligent debate about religion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Steve Biodrowski
July 7, 2008
The true target of the film is not religion but religious dogma ...

March 19, 2008
A lighthearted, determinedly independent romp.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Todd McCarthy
March 19, 2008
A very vulgar pro-faith comedy rather than a sacrilegious goof, Dogma is an extraordinarily uneven film that significant cutting might be able to transform into a playable one.
March 19, 2008
Make no mistake, Kevin Smith's talky, farcical comedy of cosmic errors is clever. But it's clever in a deeply juvenile way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 19, 2008
I couldn't care less whether Smith's metaphysical conceits about the war between Good and Evil are those of a devout believer or an atheist. The bottom line is that they're puerile.
Rob Gonsalves
July 30, 2007
What you hear throughout Dogma, liberally peppered with the usual prankish profanities, is Kevin Smith having a conversation with himself about his faith.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Writer-Director Kevin Smith keeps getting better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
Dogma is more strained than funny.
Mark Bourne
April 6, 2006
It's push-the-envelope coarse, thematically ambitious, and -- most dangerously -- self-consciously respectful and thoughtful on matters of faith and religion.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Too talky, too fond of in-jokes, too caught up (especially during the dismally weak climax) in its crass comic-strip ethos, and not, finally, as funny, subversive or thought-provoking as it would like to be.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
July 16, 2005
At their best, his verbal exercises are pyrotechnical, at worst, logorrheic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
It is thoughtful and funny but less than satisfying. Smith took on a bit too much, but I laud the effort.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 17, 2005
a surprisingly tender and humane movie that seems touchingly confident of God's sense of humor and infinite patience
| Original Score: B
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
June 8, 2004
The film takes aim at so many contemporary targets and with such gusto that you fear each time you laugh you might be missing another wonderful line.
| Original Score: 5/5
Drew McAnulty
Jam! Movies
June 8, 2004
Jumping on the pre-millennium, end-of-the-world hype, Smith has chosen an opportune time to take a satirical and witty look at the shortcomings of organized religion.
| Original Score: 4/5
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
June 8, 2004
Irreverent, but it is hardly sacrilegious.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 23, 2003
I loved seeing all these great character actors at work, and the discussions are rich and intelligent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
The movie is brilliant satire, pointing out exactly what's wrong in organized religion today and vaguely suggesting a few solutions.
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Those who would call it sacreligious (and there will be many) should look beyond the foul language and crude humor, to see more deeply into Smith's intentions to give the dusty doctrines of the ancient faith a fresh new perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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