Dogville Reviews

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June 5, 2019
A bold, beautiful work of art.
January 10, 2018
Kidman has never lacked the courage to perform in innovative productions on stage and screen, such as The Blue Room and Eyes Wide Shut. In this film, which is a bit of both, she acquits herself gamely.
January 9, 2018
For its exuberance and its difference, its fine performances and its devastating finale, Dogville is essential viewing.
April 29, 2009
[Director] Trier attempts to pass this off as art, when really it's just ridiculous.
October 18, 2008
Thought provoking with its dense and intense themes, Dogville highlights the best and the worst in us all; the emotions it agitates are hard to shake.
August 7, 2008
June 3, 2008
These elements come together to form a movie that is clinically ironic but also unique, inspired, and quite sublime.
July 30, 2007
This minimalist, digital-video-shot film has its own cinematic flash and thunder, and does things only movies can do.
June 21, 2007
An exceptionally literary film that at the same time employs extremely theatrical set design. Leave it to the mad genius of Denmark to kick cinema's ass once again.
May 2, 2007
After about an hour, the novelty wears off, and you're aching to see an actual animal and real shrubs. After two hours, you feel disappointed when you realize that this wouldn't even make a good play. After three hours, it's downright infuriating.
April 1, 2006
Bold stylistic decisions reinforce the themes of the narrative, while a strong story and convincing performances prove equal to the task of carrying such an extended running time.
January 26, 2006
Ambitious, intriguing but fatally self-important ...
September 26, 2005
For all of "Dogville's" strengths -- its powerful performances, the ingenious staging, how quickly and completely the audience accepts its stylized reality -- its take-home message is, ultimately, measly.
May 13, 2005
May 3, 2005
Manages to strike a poignant chord as a more general denunciation of humanity's latent tendencies for malicious selfishness.
March 22, 2005
'Rich with meaning or a sublime prank, Dogville gets to you.'
March 5, 2005
December 6, 2004
[Von Trier] portrays intense evil to make us wonder at the resilience and generosity of Grace, that 'alabaster' saint who exemplifies her name ... to a point.
November 20, 2004
Almost three hours long, Dogville is a trial. But it's brilliant ...
September 30, 2004
never manages to be more than a belabored shaggy dog story
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