Jan 20, 2021
As it turns out, Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 is delicately told with both humor and sentimentality.
Mar 27, 2020
Nymphomaniac has an amazingly eclectic cast of weirdos and movie stars acting weird, and their stamina goes a long way toward keeping things sweaty, grotesque, and funny for more than four NC-17-rated hours...
Jan 2, 2018
This is Nordic-noir sex, enveloped in a film as complex as it is unforgettable.
Aug 16, 2017
The fun is paid for with interest in the movie's second half by the debasing sexual escapades endured by the more mature and less conventionally appealing Gainsbourg.
Jun 18, 2016
Less a disciplined, focused motion picture than an all-you-can-eat buffet where the director overloads his plate, and encourages his audience to do the same.
Apr 17, 2014
Nymphomaniac is convincing as a work of philosophical seriousness.
Apr 4, 2014
"Nymphomaniac: Vol I" is crazy. It's funny, it's lewd, it's disturbing, it's odd, it's extremely graphic, it's brutal. And if you can handle all that, it's pretty good.
Apr 3, 2014
Without an explanation for the protagonist's physical and emotional injuries, it's a head-scratcher. As with Joe's sexual compulsion, scratching can't cure the itch.
Mar 27, 2014
A father confessor to his benighted characters, von Trier may revel in the muck, but Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 is anything but a dirty movie.
Mar 26, 2014
There's nothing inhibited about this cut and its parade of genitalia in close-up. Strip the plot down, or rather, dress it up, and it's about a quest.
Mar 26, 2014
Lars von Trier is funny. Who knew? That's certainly the most startling revelation to come from Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 .
Mar 24, 2014
A pornographic work of art-obsessive, repetitive, at times remarkably eccentric, but never simple-minded or dull.
Mar 23, 2014
The most shocking thing about the film is that it often prompts laughs.
Mar 22, 2014
Lars von Trier is an actual genius, as opposed to the myriad filmmakers called genius who are actually just clever.
Mar 22, 2014
Think of Nymphomaniac Vol. 1 as the first half of a longer tale which, if von Trier has taught us anything, will grow infinitely darker and more harrowing.
Mar 21, 2014
It has some accomplished performances and very fine sequences - not enough to make a four-hour film completely bearable, but better than I'd feared.
Mar 21, 2014
Filmed with the aid of body doubles and digital trickery, the ''realistic'' sex scenes are like illustrations in an anatomy lecture, explicit but rarely sensual. Paradoxically, in most other respects the film has the unreality of a fable.
Mar 21, 2014
Von Trier is after nothing less than the human condition here, and even if he doesn't always hit the mark, he absolutely deserves points for ambition.
Mar 21, 2014
Thurman is the one blast of the life force in this handsome, sometimes funny, oddly remote film.
Mar 21, 2014
Despite the sometimes-grim tone and bleak color palate, it's an extremely funny film, playful, even.