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An empty provocation, The House That Jack Built aims for profundity but achieves only mild queasiness.
It's...like von Trier is arguing with himself, locking us into a debate between his ego and his self-loathing, his confidence and his self-doubt.
As a longtime admirer of the director's work, I can't quite believe I'm saying this, but the most shocking thing I found about The House That Jack Built is how tedious it is.
Dillon might have trouble putting this one at the top of his resume if he wants to do a Disney film, but there's no question he delivers an impactful movie monster, with darting eyes and a toothy smile that makes Jack at once seem empathetic and bonkers.
Lars von Trier is a stupid, arrogant troll and, when the mood strikes him, a reasonably talented filmmaker. But there are only a few moments in "The House That Jack Built" in which his stupidity doesn't entirely overwhelm and negate his talent.
The House That Jack Built is definitely something to see. But what's most surprising is that it's just as often inane as unsettling.
The house that Von Trier builds is one of null thought and bombastic noise. [Full Review in Spanish]
Nobody else makes movies like Von Trier, and if they did, they'd probably get arrested.
... what kind of human being are you? They say great art makes you question things. There can't be a bigger question than that...
The House That Jack Built is not just a deliciously gory film, it may also be Lars von Trier's funniest film to date.
I laughed out loud at regular intervals...it was fascinating on screen.
Depraved, troubling but always compelling with a career best performance by star Matt Dillon.
Lars von Trier reaches the very apex of his career with this iconic (yes, that's the word), hysterically provocative and bafflingly rich piece of self-reflection that drags us to the bottom of (his) hell and tears not only into himself as an artist/person but also the world we live in.
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