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The House That Jack Built Reviews

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January 18, 2019
The mental process of a psychopath has rarely been addressed with such harshness and irony and with equal effectiveness by a genius out of the ordinary who knows how to build poetry only in destruction. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 4, 2019
Too vicious, bleary, and weird to convert von Trier skeptics, but there's still plenty to admire.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 29, 2018
The House That Jack Built is all at once a stunning and unhinged character study of a serial killer.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
December 19, 2018
The House That Jack Built is enough of an evocative art-house exhibit to be about whatever you want it to be about.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 19, 2018
The House That Jack Built isn't entirely likable, but, as civilization crumbles, Von Trier's nervy provocation has got an undeniable point.
December 17, 2018
The House That Jack Built is shocking, horrible, and it'll maybe make you regret seeing it, yet it is also frighteningly risk-taking filmmaking, worth seeing for its artistry and the idiosyncrasy of its viewpoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 17, 2018
It's good, bad, pretentious, reprehensible, sometimes hard to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 16, 2018
[A]s is typical, the filmmaker's arguments are thought-provoking, even when they are wrapped in indecency.
December 16, 2018
To dismiss "Jack" out of hand in offense is not just to miss von Trier's point, but to prove it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 16, 2018
Von Trier has suggested that this may be his final film, and you can certainly read it as a sort of last will and testament, with an audaciously ridiculous metaphysical punchline.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 15, 2018
Disgusting and cathartic in the way only Von Trier can allow without a criminal conviction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 15, 2018
Another bravura dive down the rabbit-hole with Lars von Trier, and one tailor-made to divide, yet topped by one of the finest performances of Matt Dillon's career.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 14, 2018
In between killings and mutilations are verbal rationalizations that underline the violence with startling clarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 14, 2018
Von Trier choosing to take that risk may be his boldest declaration of humanity: to him, there is no doubt that Jack is deeply wrong.
December 14, 2018
The film finds von Trier wrestling with the claims of misogyny and misanthropy that have followed him his entire career, but not in the way you'd expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 14, 2018
As von Trier seeks our own understanding & sympathy, the question he keeps provocatively posing is not only whether Jack's work can be considered art, but also how different von Trier's own art, showing us humanity & life in negative, is from Jack's.
December 14, 2018
By the time the movie literally goes to Hell and stings its Baroque finale with the funniest closing credits music ever, you'll feel very much like the director has smashed you square in the face with cinema itself.
December 13, 2018
It's unkind toward humanity as a whole, and offers no reprieve... For those who accept that darkness, and need a good belly laugh at its expense, The House That Jack Built is one of the best films of 2018.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 13, 2018
An oddly beautiful and richly symbolic portrait of a prankster reckoning with his own misdeeds and finding out too late that he's the punchline.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
December 13, 2018
One of the most thoughtful, honest onscreen meditations on morality and personal culpability in quite some time.
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