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Melancholia Reviews

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Lisa Rosman
November 7, 2016
In Melancholia, von Trier has created a mission statement of a masterpiece, one that reminds us that nihilism itself can serve as a legitimate form of creation, a means as well as The End.
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
Though far from Mr. von Trier's best, its power is still undeniable.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
This is the greatest movie ever made about depression, full stop.
David Keyes
August 13, 2013
The journey von Trier has taken to this one immaculate moment has been bold to say the least, but at long last, he has revealed his full ability, and the result is his masterwork.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
It's the little moments that annihilate us, every day, every normal day. Days that don't end, days when the end of the world is a comfort that the sick like Justine cannot afford.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
March 21, 2013
A strong central performance from Kirsten Dunst, this is one of the best Lars von Trier films yet made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale
February 19, 2013
Melancholia is not about the end of the world, but the end of a feeling: happiness.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
August 25, 2012
An extraordinarily ambitious exercise in nihilism.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dan Jardine
July 30, 2012
Much more compelling than the narratively confused Tree of Life, and a welcome return to form for the mad Dane.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
June 20, 2012
While existence hangs in the balance in Melancholia, von Trier's fatalistic embrace of impending doom is starkly beautiful and strangely reassuring.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
May 8, 2012
A lot of people will hate Melancholia for all the reasons it's not like other sci-fi films or traditional dramatic films - and others such as myself will love it for its difference.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
January 30, 2012
It's impossible not to be moved in a profound way by the small events that take place within the larger one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
January 25, 2012
A strange mix of apocalyptic sci-fi and darkly comic social drama, the film is glacially slow in tempo but filled with stunning, gorgeously shot images. It will annoy as many viewers as it charms.
January 23, 2012
It's an enormous pity Trier didn't find/commission an overarching score that supported his vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jordan Hiller
December 29, 2011
Melancholia takes great pleasure in distressing its audience with ugly, harrowing imagery and behavior, but, more often that not, Von Trier's film is an exhibition of life's beauty and the shame it would be to watch it burn.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Steve Newall
December 21, 2011
Pitched as a beautiful movie about the end of the world, Melancholia succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
December 17, 2011
A divine piece of post-apocalyptic cinema.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
December 16, 2011
Von Trier finds a way to give his characters a moment of grace, of the sort we're not used to seeing in his films. That feels like artistic growth, even if he had to destroy the world to get there.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
December 14, 2011
An overpowering large-screen experience for those willing to enter von Trier's 'magic cave,' where emotional 'reality' trumps the laws of physics.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 14, 2011
...a formally rigorous film, but it's not particularly difficult to watch. It does have a way of burrowing into your subconscious, of lingering like an infection, or a scar. No, like something premeditated and permanent - a tattoo. An expiration date.
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
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