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Dogville Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
[Director] Trier attempts to pass this off as art, when really it's just ridiculous.
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Urban Cinefile
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.
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 3, 2008
These elements come together to form a movie that is clinically ironic but also unique, inspired, and quite sublime.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Gonsalves
July 30, 2007
This minimalist, digital-video-shot film has its own cinematic flash and thunder, and does things only movies can do.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Alan Morrison
Empire Magazine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Ambitious, intriguing but fatally self-important ...
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
Manages to strike a poignant chord as a more general denunciation of humanity's latent tendencies for malicious selfishness.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeannette Catsoulis
Las Vegas Mercury
March 22, 2005
'Rich with meaning or a sublime prank, Dogville gets to you.'
Full Review| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Christianity Today
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
November 20, 2004
Almost three hours long, Dogville is a trial. But it's brilliant ...
Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative
September 30, 2004
never manages to be more than a belabored shaggy dog story
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
There's nothing static about [Von Trier's] technique, but everything else about the movie is dreary and closed off.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 5, 2004
aesthetically sparse and thematically audacious, the searing work of a genuine provocateur
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
August 1, 2004
What Lars von Trier has achieved is avant-gardism for idiots.
Joe Utichi
July 20, 2004
A masterpiece.
| Original Score: 90/100
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
June 4, 2004
Fails to meet the expectations of its own conceit.
| Original Score: 2/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
May 28, 2004
It's the best stage play you've ever attended, and you feel as if you're right in the middle of it.
| Original Score: 5/5
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