(2003)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

Based on 39 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
San Francisco Chronicle
Mischievous, singular and profound.
100
Von Trier sets the action on a theatrical stage, spotlighting the existential isolation that weighs on people who don't seek larger visions of life, individuality, and community. Challenging, dramatic, provocative.
100
Miami Herald
Intentionally designed to rile as much as entertain.
100
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
If nothing else can be said of Dogville, it's a film that is like nothing else.
100
Premiere
It really is a masterpiece--von Trier's first, as it happens.
91
Entertainment Weekly
This galvanizing cinematic work is also gorgeous, experimental, alive with a Scandinavian strain of chutzpah, and artistically elegant.
88
Kidman gives the most emotionally bruising performance of her career in Dogville, a movie that never met a cliche it didn't stomp on.
75
Not for everyone. It is darkly funny, intellectually challenging and obliquely didactic. It also grows bleaker over the course of its nearly three-hour running time.
75
New York Daily News
Surprises, repulses and provokes. It's also brilliant and infuriating, wise and naïve, outrageous yet unforgettable.
50
Philadelphia Inquirer
Either an airless allegory about opportunistic Americans or another one of the director's parables of female persecution. OK, maybe it's both. But life is too short for three hours of misanthropy and misogyny.
40
A provocation, a coup de théâtre and three hours of tedious experimentation.
10
Wall Street Journal
A symphony for tin ears, a sniggering assessment of human nature delivered with the faux-lofty tone of a Lexus commercial.

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