Dogville Reviews

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April 29, 2009
[Director] Trier attempts to pass this off as art, when really it's just ridiculous.
August 7, 2008
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.
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.
March 5, 2005
September 30, 2004
never manages to be more than a belabored shaggy dog story
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.
June 4, 2004
Fails to meet the expectations of its own conceit.
May 28, 2004
Fascinating for a while but, in the end, just sleep-inducing.
May 21, 2004
Says everything it wants to say early on, but then repeats it all endlessly.
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.
May 17, 2004
It just turns out as an intellectualized meal of hatred and violence and half-baked ideas.
May 7, 2004
Lars von Trier is probably a genius. This doesn't stop him from being a jerk.
April 29, 2004
Exasperating and nearly three-hour blend of stagecraft and sermonizing.
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.
April 16, 2004
Dogville is most depressing because Trier promises two more, for his American trilogy. Lars, enough already.
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.
April 16, 2004
...a three-hour exercise in Brechtian dramatics that practically howls, "The U.S. is a land not fit for man nor beast."
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