Dogville Reviews

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January 10, 2018
Kidman has never lacked the courage to perform in innovative productions on stage and screen, such as The Blue Room and Eyes Wide Shut. In this film, which is a bit of both, she acquits herself gamely.
January 9, 2018
For its exuberance and its difference, its fine performances and its devastating finale, Dogville is essential viewing.
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.
May 13, 2004
It's a tough sit through tough questions.
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.
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
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.
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.
April 16, 2004
Nearly as powerful as Von Trier's Dancer in the Dark.
April 16, 2004
Even at three hours, Dogville seldom bores.
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.
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.
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.
April 9, 2004
This is a seriously important film and a huge achievement.
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