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Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014)

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Critic Consensus: It doesn't quite live up to the promise of the first installment, but Nymphomaniac: Volume II still benefits from Lars von Trier's singular craft and vision, as well as a bravura performance from Charlotte Gainsbourg.

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NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME II picks up with the story of Joe's adulthood, where her journey of self-discovery leads to darker complications. (c) Magnolia
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Drama
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Written By:
In Theaters:
 limited
Box Office:
$205,435.00
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Cast

Stacy Martin
as Young Joe
Shia LaBeouf
as Jerôme
Jean-Marc Barr
as Debtor Gentleman
Michaël Pas
as Old Jerôme
Morgan Hartley
as B, 12 Years
Andrea Thomsen
as Joe's Girlfriend, 12 Years
Tine Burn
as Joe's Girlfriend, 12 Years
Tabea Tarbiat
as Valeria Messalina
Janine Romanowski
as The Whore Of Babylon
Sheldon Lawrence
as Man 1 in Car
Ivan Pecnik
as Man 2 in Car
Jonathon Sawdon
as Man 3 in Car
Christopher Craig
as Man 4 in Car
Jacob Levin-Christensen
as Marcel, 3 Years
Kookie Ryan
as N, Black Man
Shanti Roney
as Interpreter
Papou
as Black Man 2
Lien VandeKelder
as Clerk in Horse Shop
Laura Christensen
as Babysitter
Sami Loris
as Doctor 2
Caroline Goodall
as Psychologist
Kate Ashfield
as Therapist
Tania Carlin
as Renée
Daniela Lebang
as Brunelda
Omar Shargawi
as Thug 1
Conny Dachs
as Debtor Gets Whipped
Severin von Hoensbroech
as Debor in Greenhouse
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Critic Reviews for Nymphomaniac: Volume II

All Critics (119) | Top Critics (30)

"Volume II" is no more fulfilling than "Volume I."

Full Review… | April 17, 2014
Newsday
Top Critic

It's very weird, given, but it's also effective.

Full Review… | April 11, 2014
Detroit News
Top Critic

For better or worse, the whole exercise in lurid leg-pulling goes out with a bang.

Full Review… | April 10, 2014
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

The Lars von Trier you know and love (or love to hate) is back: cynical, misanthropic, punishing.

Full Review… | April 9, 2014
ChristyLemire.com
Top Critic

The movie, a descendant of such eighteenth-century libertine texts as "Thérèse Philosophe," is less a slice of life than something told and chewed over.

April 7, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

A notch more watchable than Volume I.

Full Review… | April 4, 2014
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Nymphomaniac: Volume II

Though notably less interesting than the first part, this conclusion of Nymph()maniac still proposes more intelligent discussions and wraps its story up as a powerful feminist statement about every woman's right to obtain pleasure from their own sexual impulses and desire.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

The conclusion to the film that was made solely to get porn fans in cinemas around the world, is no less off-putting than the first, but the progression of her character is a little more endearing to watch, as she spirals out of control and becomes worse than you could have ever expected. The performances and camerawork all seem on a level above the first for some reason, but the ending to this story is such a slap in the face that you feel like you wasted four hours of your life. That is not an exaggeration, because everything that is set up on the side throughout the two films has the rug pulled out from under them. "Nymphomaniac: Volume 2" is a film, like it's predecessor, that was made for one purpose only, and I do not even feel like it succeeds in that respect. With average dialogue, odd camerawork, and editing that is either purposely bizarre or just downright terrible, this film fails on every level of filmmaking, even though I liked the progression of the story until the end. This conclusion is not as bad as the first film, but it is nothing to talk about either. Both films are hard to watch, and not even worth your viewing regardless.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

While I equally enjoyed the second part in the foray into the life of Joe (Gainsbourg) I did not feel the same intensity and true form as von Trier's previous section. While I love Gainsbourg's performance and her beautifully off-putting narration, I found the plot wandering, lost to its own inhibitions. Joe's exploits are very focused on her own self-destruction but don't always show the emotional toll on her relationship with Jerome, and instead lets her wander into sexual situations with strangers without accord. Her struggle to be a good mother is completely eclipsed by her sexual prowess, as we keep cutting away to threesomes, BDSM, and unnecessary nudity. Her character's development is completely hindered by her exploits. We don't get to see her true desperation because she seems almost untouched by the aim of her actions. When she finally goes off on her own the plot becomes stale. She works in the crime syndicate which makes no sense, and though she does help manipulate a young person, there's still little insight into her own neurosis. Even with narration it's very unclear where the plot is going most of the time. The film ends on a very strange note, though it was definitely the perfect ending for this macabre tale. Overall, I would say this is the meandering second half to a very intense and forthcoming two-part film.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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