Nymphomaniac: Volume II Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
June 20, 2014
It's either one of the worst pornos ever made or one of Von Trier's best films.
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.
April 17, 2014
As the full breadth of von Trier's film comes into focus, so do the successes and failures. As exhausting as this might be, I think I'd like to see the full film in one piece.
April 11, 2014
Blistering, honest, angry and full of confronting ideas...again proves that button-pushing director Lars von Trier is a much more intelligent, thoughtful and genuinely controversial filmmaker than his roguish public image would otherwise suggest.
April 11, 2014
[A] crucial couple of minutes... reduced the entirety of Nymphomaniac to something less than art and more like an experiment to test the audience's mettle. It's as if nothing that came before it mattered.
April 11, 2014
It's very weird, given, but it's also effective.
April 10, 2014
For better or worse, the whole exercise in lurid leg-pulling goes out with a bang.
April 8, 2014
The film's conclusion will have people debating it's merits (you know, once you can look others in the eye again...this stuff is brutal, visceral and intense), and that's what I liked about this film
April 8, 2014
The film is impressive in it's storytelling and brutal honesty, although the conclusion felt forced to me after being engaged for so long.
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