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Dogville Reviews

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.
August 7, 2004
There's nothing static about [Von Trier's] technique, but everything else about the movie is dreary and closed off.
August 1, 2004
What Lars von Trier has achieved is avant-gardism for idiots.
May 28, 2004
Fascinating for a while but, in the end, just sleep-inducing.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
May 13, 2004
It's a tough sit through tough questions.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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.
April 17, 2004
It's simply a movie whose bite is as harsh and hard as its bark.
Read More | Original Score: A-
April 16, 2004
A punishing film to sit through, and its rewards may well depend on how much credit you wish to give von Trier for doing something different. Because, for better or worse, Dogville is unlike anything else you'll see on screens this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 16, 2004
Slow-moving but engrossing, it feels shorter, and any reservations you may have about the unorthodox approach are washed away by its unexpected and purgative ending.
Read More | Original Score: A
April 16, 2004
Dogville is in no way a standard film and likely won't appeal to many. But Von Trier is so inventive, so outlandish and so filled with energy he has to at least be admired.
Read More | Original Score: B+
April 16, 2004
Nearly as powerful as Von Trier's Dancer in the Dark.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 16, 2004
Even at three hours, Dogville seldom bores.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 16, 2004
Dogville is no different from von Trier's earlier parables of vulnerability and brutality. And like those works, it is the staggering, infuriating work of a visionary filmmaker.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 15, 2004
Dogville is not a masterpiece, nor is it an embarrassment. But it is a cinematic Rorschach test, as much fun to praise and to scorn as it is to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 15, 2004
Dogville is a love-it-or- hate-it experience, but one that will fill a large space in any viewer's imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 9, 2004
Yes, it plays like a baldfaced, brazen insult, but it is a stunningly accomplished one.
April 9, 2004
Dogville is another round of brazen disrespect from cinema's baddest boy. But the movie, despite its ultimate nuttiness, has a quiet, consuming power that sneaks up on you and doesn't go away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 9, 2004
This is a seriously important film and a huge achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
April 8, 2004
A tenacious, brutal drama that dares you to turn your back.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 8, 2004
Life is too short for three hours of misanthropy and misogyny.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 8, 2004
Though certainly a failure in some respects, Dogville may be the most fascinating, richly accomplished screw-up you'll see all year.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
April 6, 2004
Dogville isn't for everyone, but there's some intellectually stimulating conversation fodder for those with the patience to navigate the film's rough terrain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 2, 2004
Brutally masterful allegory.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 2, 2004
Who but von Trier could make such a film? Who else would dare?
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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.
March 27, 2004
In every respect other than sheer length -- in scope, imagination, execution, depth and spirit -- Dogville is a piddling movie.
March 26, 2004
The politics of Dogville are on par with a third-rate gangster picture: cheap, opportunistic nihilism, with no enlivening sense of humor.
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.
March 26, 2004
A stunning display of a filmmaker adventuring on the far side of what's possible.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 26, 2004
Brilliant and infuriating, wise and na´ve, outrageous yet unforgettable.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 25, 2004
Darkly funny, intellectually challenging and obliquely didactic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 25, 2004
Von Trier, light years from the formula doggerel at the multiplex, delivers something rare these days: a film of ideas.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 25, 2004
While you watch the movie, it can seem ridiculously long-winded. But once it's over, its characters' miserable faces remain etched in your memory, and its cynical message lingers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 25, 2004
An audaciously original feat of allegorical story.telling, one of those visionary achievements that stirs moviegoers into a fury and goes on to define a decade.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
March 25, 2004
Has rarely been far from my mind in the 10 months following Cannes, during which time it has grown only richer, deeper and more complex than I initially estimated.
March 25, 2004
Gorgeous, experimental, alive with a Scandinavian strain of chutzpah, and artistically elegant.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 23, 2004
For passion, originality, and sustained chutzpah, this austere allegory of failed Christian charity and Old Testament payback is von Trier's strongest movie -- a masterpiece, in fact.
February 12, 2004
No matter how you come down on this movie politically, Dogville is a compelling chamber piece with constant cinematic surprises.
February 6, 2004
Maddening, challenging and audacious, Dogville is an unlikely masterpiece.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 8, 2003
Dogville is like climbing the Matterhorn with a cement block tied to your back.
May 20, 2003
Ultimately, all of von Trier's social moralizing feels as theatrical and artificial as the fake snow that falls over Dogville's chalk-drawn streets.