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Dogville Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 28, 2004
Fascinating for a while but, in the end, just sleep-inducing.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
May 21, 2004
Says everything it wants to say early on, but then repeats it all endlessly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
May 21, 2004
Von Trier aims to hold a mirror up to America's mistreatment of its own people -- but he ends up revealing more about his own abhorrence for the people watching his movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 17, 2004
It just turns out as an intellectualized meal of hatred and violence and half-baked ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 14, 2004
You get the feeling that von Trier, up on his soapbox, couldn't find it in his heart to make some necessary cuts. He should have thrown his ego to the dogs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
May 13, 2004
It's a tough sit through tough questions.
| Original Score: 5/5
Lance Goldenberg
Weekly Planet (Tampa, FL)
May 10, 2004 experience that's both grueling and, in its way, glorious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
May 7, 2004
Lars von Trier is probably a genius. This doesn't stop him from being a jerk.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 4, 2004
This examination of selfishness, xenophobia and the human ability to rationalize acts of horror may have audience members squirming not with outrage but recognition...
| Original Score: 3/4
Sean O'Connell
Eclipse Magazine
April 30, 2004
Can be extreme though (von Trier's) observations on culture are astute.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 29, 2004
Exasperating and nearly three-hour blend of stagecraft and sermonizing.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
April 29, 2004
You can loathe Dogville because it represents the basest ideas of human greed and cruelty, but you can't deny that it makes those ideas feel frighteningly real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 28, 2004
Dogville is irrevocably a movie of our times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Marc Mohan
April 26, 2004
This unique cinematic experience is a parable of greed and revenge that could take place anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
April 23, 2004
Singular and unforgettable -- the work of a brilliant crackpot.
| Original Score: 4/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
April 23, 2004
Kidman, in a performance as emotionally stark as any she's ever given, makes Grace's journey achingly real, even though everything around her is deliberately artificial.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
April 22, 2004
The daring, artistic brilliance of Dogville far outshines any negative interpretation we may have of the work. It's to be praised for inspiring varying interpretations and generating debate.
| Original Score: 10/10
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 22, 2004
You just have to see it to believe it. Frankly, I have never seen anything like it, which is not to say that it's good or bad, but it is different and even original.
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
April 22, 2004
You don't so much enjoy watching it as you simply appreciate the genius that went into its creation.
| Original Score: 4/4
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
April 21, 2004
What could have been limiting, especially considering the film's daunting length, turns out to be a daring concept.
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