Melancholia Reviews

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Jeff Beck
September 18, 2012
You would think that material like this would make for a fascinating film, but unfortunately that doesn't end up being the case.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
October 6, 2011
You, too, might well be as depressed as Claire's husband and fed-up event organiser Kiefer Sutherland who makes a sensible exit from the pretentious mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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James Berardinelli
November 8, 2011
Unfortunately, in his pursuit of an artistic vision, von Trier has thrown logic, physics, and coherence out the window.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike Scott
February 17, 2012
This is not a feel-good movie. This is the frigid, hard-to-embrace cinematic opposite of a feel-good movie, in fact -- all wrapped in one long, dark metaphor for depression.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Edward Douglas
November 7, 2011
The strong character dynamics we've seen in von Trier's previous work is spoiled when filtered through the seemingly addled mind that brought us Antichrist.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Nick Schager
House Next Door
September 30, 2011
Trying isn't doing, however, and Melancholia is ultimately beset by the same nagging problems that plague all of von Trier's more subdued works.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
December 10, 2011
Occasionally gripping, at times fascinating and often just plain dull, this terminally long and episodic drama with sci-fi overtones is a curious work
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
December 1, 2011
Ambitious but very flawed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
November 11, 2011
The end of the world, von Trier-style, is a middling thing as a film.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 10, 2011
Nearly everyone in this film is unlikeable, their actions inexplicable. And the pace is so lugubrious that it's hard not to succumb to Justine's glum mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jon Frosch
May 23, 2011
"Melancholia" is aesthetically ravishing, but dramatically pretty dull.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
May 18, 2011
Von Trier takes his title at face value and infuses his film with a laidback, removed air, too free of real ideas, in contrast to the careful working of his imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Lee Marshall
Screen International
May 19, 2011
For all the film's command of dark fairy-tale atmosphere it's such a long and sluggish haul that many in the audience will find themselves cheering on the apocalypse.
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
November 23, 2011
'Artful hooey' might be the best critical shorthand. Dunst gives a captivating performance, her best in years, but the audience is still left on the outside of her character, looking for a way in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Willie Waffle
November 11, 2011
I see Lars Von Trier movies to remind me why I hate Lars Von Trier movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 2, 2011
Depression is like an enormous rogue planet entering your solar system and ripping your world apart... Seek treatment... and ask your doctor about Larsvontrieramide, for clinical depression and symbolic planetary destruction syndrome.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
April 6, 2012
While I appreciated what it was trying to do, I wasn't wild about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 10, 2011
Watching "Melancholia'' is like being stuck next to a brilliant depressive at a dinner party. The food is exquisite, the conversation scintillating, and the longer you sit there the more trapped you feel in another man's all-encompassing gloom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 10, 2011
If only Lars von Trier took into account that audiences might actually want to enjoy "Melancholia," rather than endure it, or sift through it, or submit to the director's will, he might have made something extraordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 11, 2011
Pain isn't the path to sainthood but, often, only more misery. There's nothing beautiful about it at all. Except, perhaps, to von Trier, who continues to find it inspiring -- particularly when it's being visited upon pale, pretty, naked young women.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cole Abaius
Film School Rejects
October 8, 2011
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
September 9, 2011

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