Nymphomaniac: Volume II Reviews

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January 11, 2020
In this second part, much of the beauty and wonder from Volume 1 are gone (and missed). Thankfully, some humor remains, but Lars Von Trier breaks many things I'd rather have left unbroken.
November 22, 2019
Een though she is the narrator of her own tale, Joe doesn't come across as a fully-formed character.
August 29, 2019
At times uncomfortable, compelling, and repellant, Joe and Seligman are finally allowed to emerge as more realized characters in this second half, though never quite as fully as we'd like.
August 7, 2019
It is brash, bold, erotic, messy, mesmerizing, and ultimately cathartic; a kind of neo-feminist allegory that synthesizes sex, philosophy, religion, and politics as only Von Trier could do it.
June 8, 2019
Nymphomaniac's second volume does exhibit some interesting feminist commentary, but this is mostly lost in a flood of ideas - some formed, others stillborn.
March 8, 2019
Culminating in an operatic high as the initial tome gives way to its successor, Volume 2 returns von Trier to almost Antichrist levels of masochism and bodily abuse.
November 20, 2018
The transgressive, audience-bating angle of von Trier's storytelling does start to feel more than a little tired and unconvincing.
December 12, 2017
The 5.5 hours of the full version will have to be seen, but the second one disappoints a little... [Full review in Spanish]
October 25, 2017
The most interesting pieces of art are often the messy, dirty ones; the canvases we're not sure whether to ridicule for their lunacy or embrace for their sheer, inspired originality.
June 18, 2016
Its riskiness and lack of restraint are admirable, necessary even; the films' indulgences are all of a piece with its boldness and brilliance. It feels like an uncut bag of pure Von Trier.
June 6, 2016
Yes, Lars von Trier could've been f*cking with us this whole time, but he's never done so without reasonable purpose.
April 12, 2016
I can no longer tolerate Lars von Trier.
February 8, 2015
More's the pity that Trier couldn't find an ending that satisfies; but, perhaps, that might just be his point.
December 11, 2014
Provocative, droll, fearless, and cinematically sexual in unprecedented ways, "Nymphomaniac" (in its proper unedited form) is a four-hour movie with an unknown potential to alter reality.
November 27, 2014
It's self-referential and self-rewarding to the point that it has virtually no other content.
June 20, 2014
It's either one of the worst pornos ever made or one of Von Trier's best films.
May 13, 2014
"How awful that everything has to be so trivial," Joe says. Maybe life has to be trivial, but movies don't, unless you're a certain Danish director who wants to force his psychosis on the viewing public.
May 11, 2014
Von Trier creates an effective tone that suggests a powerful force is yanking its characters through an emotional kaleidoscope with unforgiving conviction.
May 5, 2014
'Fill all my holes, please,' Joe pleads, but her request is futile: She's too hollow ever to be filled.
May 2, 2014
Somehow, despite all the meta digressions, unlikely coincidences, and nihilistic tendencies of von Trier's storytelling (the ending certainly subscribes to this leaning), a convincing sense of sadness and loss comes through.
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