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Dogville Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 28, 2004
Fascinating for a while but, in the end, just sleep-inducing.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 9, 2004
Dogville can be defended and even praised on pure ideological grounds, but most moviegoers, even those who are sophisticated and have open minds, are going to find it a very dry and unsatisfactory slog through conceits masquerading as ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 29, 2004
[A] bold experiment with an effective, bare-bones visual style and strong acting, but it's far too long, far too pretentious and far too sloppy, cheap and obvious in its anti-American bias.
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
Eric D. Snider
April 17, 2004
Its problem is that while its concepts are interesting, its content is only marginally so... Too subdued and stagy, the dialogue stilted and unreal, the performances mannered.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
March 26, 2004
The story's length, lack of sets, music, or a focused story combine to make one of the most excruciatingly dull cinematic experiences I can remember.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Manohla Dargis
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
March 25, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Ambitious, intriguing but fatally self-important ...
Willie Waffle
April 2, 2004
... an experimental film that went as badly as one of my high school chemistry labs.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Jeremiah Kipp
March 16, 2004
...engages us on [a] gut level, and asks us to shut off our minds in the meanwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Blackwelder
March 24, 2004
Lars von Trier's peculiar compulsion to humiliate his heroines has finally crescendoed to a deafening din of indiscriminate, exasperating martyrdom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Carlo Cavagna
March 25, 2004
In his strenuous effort to avoid cinematic artifice of any kind, Von Trier has engaged in a different kind of artifice-intellectual artifice.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 15, 2004
[von Trier's] contempt for humanity is becoming harder to hide with stylistic flourish. He doesn't even try here, and his arrogance is topped only by his misanthropy.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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+
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 26, 2004
This isn't cynicism. It's nihilism. And its brilliant, infuriating display here proves again that Von Trier -- exciting, maddening Von Trier -- may be finding unusual new ways to say things just as he's running out of things to say.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
April 7, 2004
It's a brilliant idea, for about 10 minutes. Then the bare set is elbowed out of a viewer's mind by the threadbare plot and characterizations.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 8, 2004
Life is too short for three hours of misanthropy and misogyny.
| Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 1, 2003
...[an] overlong running time (three hours!) and inexplicably odd behavior among characters does the film in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Hall
Film Threat
February 28, 2004
Don't waste your money on this one.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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