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View Quote A marvel — but the film's stylized technique makes great demands on cast and audience alike. Donald J. Levit in Reeltalk Movie Reviews
View Quote A masterpiece. Joe Utichi in FilmFocus
View Quote A punishing film to sit through, and its rewards may well depend on how much credit you wish to give von Trier for doing something different. Because, for better or worse, Dogville is unlike anything else you'll see on screens this year. Moira MacDonald in The Seattle Times
View Quote A satanic Our Town. Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
View Quote A simple tale, told so well while being so revealing. There are many reasons why it shouldn't work, but because it does, it feels magical. Jeffrey Chen in Window to the Movies
View Quote A stunning display of a filmmaker adventuring on the far side of what's possible. Megan Lehmann in The New York Post
View Quote A tenacious, brutal drama that dares you to turn your back. Glenn Lovell in The San Jose Mercury News
View Quote Aesthetically sparse and thematically audacious, the searing work of a genuine provocateur James Kendrick, at the Q Network Film Desk
View Quote An experience that's both grueling and, in its way, glorious. Lance Goldenberg in the Weekly Planet
View Quote Dogville is as deeply insightful as it is deeply disturbing, a movie that will challenge you intellectually and punish you emotionally. Put as succinctly as possible, Dogville is a "holy ****!" movie going experience... The first great film of '04. Dan Jardine in Cinemania
View Quote Brilliant and infuriating, wise and naïve, outrageous yet unforgettable. Jami Bernard in The New York Daily News
View Quote Brutally masterful allegory. Peter Howell in The Toronto Star
View Quote Challenging, dramatic, provocative. David Sterritt in The Christian Science Monitor
View Quote Continuing his stubborn, aesthetically pathbreaking ways, Lars von Trier has produced, in Dogville, a masterpiece that is nearly unwatchable. Peter Brunette at indieWIRE
View Quote Controversial, intelligent and daring, Dogville features a career-best performance from Nicole Kidman... At three hours it certainly stretches the patience, and any movie inspired by German playwright Berthold Brecht isn't likely to have mass audience appeal. But for all the ideas being examined, it works as a compelling drama too, and the acting is excellent... Dogville is a shock to the system. Nev Pierce at the BBC
View Quote Damn if I didn't completely forget to hate Dogville, and if I wasn't, three hours later, completely blown out of my little mind and right into the screening room next door.... You wanna see what our town is like? Here it is, in all its mean, petty, horrible smallness. It's not particularly about American meanness or pettiness or smallness, though some have accused von Trier of being anti-American — it's about human meanness, etc. The only thing "anti" about Dogville is that it might be called an anti-epic — an ambitious movie with a big cast and a marathon runtime that's about how small and insular and selfish people can be, about the miserable depths to which human beings can sink in their cruelty to others. Nationality's got nothing to do with it, though the ability to wield power over other human beings might, and so there might be some pertinent application to America as a whole right now. But everyone will — or should — recognize the universality of this, the worst side of humanity. MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
View Quote Daunting, non-naturalistic and bold. Mary Colbert in Boxoffice Magazine
View Quote Dogville can be defended and even praised on pure ideological grounds, but most moviegoers, even those who are sophisticated and have open minds, are going to find it a very dry and unsatisfactory slog through conceits masquerading as ideas. Roger Ebert in The Chicago Sun-Times
View Quote Dogville is a film that, in its flooring penultimate chapter, reverses the usual tables, only to implicate von Trier himself, whose self-criticism here is every bit as incisive as any vitriol spewed America's way... Whether you admire this film or flat-out despise it, you certainly won't walk away unaffected. It's as devastating as it is deeply troubling... I was breathless and more genuinely shaken up than I've been by a film in a very long time. Josh Timmermann at Stylus magazine
View Quote Dogville is a love-it-or- hate-it experience, but one that will fill a large space in any viewer's imagination. Colin Covert in The Minneapolis Star Tribune
View Quote Dogville is another round of brazen disrespect from cinema's baddest boy. But the movie, despite its ultimate nuttiness, has a quiet, consuming power that sneaks up on you and doesn't go away. Wesley Morris in The Boston Globe
View Quote Dogville is in no way a standard film and likely won't appeal to many. But Von Trier is so inventive, so outlandish and so filled with energy he has to at least be admired. Tom Long in The Detroit News
View Quote Dogville is no different from von Trier's earlier parables of vulnerability and brutality. And like those works, it is the staggering, infuriating work of a visionary filmmaker. Lisa Kennedy in The Denver Post
View Quote Dogville is not a cry of rage against America — it's a cry of rage against all mankind. It demands to be seen but not to be loved. Joshua Tanzer in OFFOFFOFF
View Quote Dogville is not a masterpiece, nor is it an embarrassment. But it is a cinematic Rorschach test, as much fun to praise and to scorn as it is to watch. Chris Vognar in The Dallas Morning News
View Quote Dogville isn't for everyone, but there's some intellectually stimulating conversation fodder for those with the patience to navigate the film's rough terrain. James Berardinelli in Reelviews
View Quote For a movie with such bold visual designs and high-flown rhetorical ambitions, it seems almost reactionary to say that it works because the performances are so good. Nick Davis at Nick's Flick Picks
View Quote For all the plot detours and dead spots, this is strong, stinging filmmaking. Von Trier, light years from the formula doggerel at the multiplex, delivers something rare these days: a film of ideas. Peter Travers in Rolling Stone 
(24 March 2004)
View Quote For courage and sheer audacity in form and plot, no filmmaker on the world stage currently matches Lars von Trier... Make of the provocation what you will, but don't miss this completely unique and extraordinary movie by one of the world's most adventurous directors on top of his game. Jürgen Fauth at
View Quote For passion, originality, and sustained chutzpah, this austere allegory of failed Christian charity and Old Testament payback is von Trier's strongest movie — a masterpiece, in fact. J. Hoberman in The Village Voice
View Quote Has rarely been far from my mind in the 10 months following Cannes, during which time it has grown only richer, deeper and more complex than I initially estimated. Scott Foundas in L.A. Weekly
View Quote I hate it, yet I'm fascinated by the magnitude of the ambition and the failure to realize it. Bruce Kirkland in Jam! Movies
View Quote Imagine if Jesus Christ came to die for our sins only to discover we weren't worth the trouble. Erik Childress at
View Quote Imprints itself on the consciousness and hauntingly lingers Arthur Lazere,
View Quote It is a valiant but risky attempt and, truth be told, it is only partially successful. Michael Elliott, Movie Parables
View Quote It really is a masterpiece — von Trier's first, as it happens. Glenn Kenny, Premiere magazine
View Quote It stalks silently, stark with its minimalism at first, and then pounces unexpectedly with an overwhelming wash of emotion like a rabid animal, with sharp piercing teeth. Michael Szymanski at
View Quote It's a bleak view of humanity expounded here, giving much food for thought, and for meditation on the concepts of humanity, tolerance, acceptance. Jean Lowerison in The San Diego Metropolitan
View Quote It's a pity that the political point-scoring at Cannes, admittedly fired up by Von Trier's provocateur stance, has diminished the perception of Dogville's artistic worth. Dogville is daunting, non-naturalistic and bold. Von Trier has denied it was intended as an antithesis of Billy Wilder's Our Town; his concerns in the film are bigger than America-bashing. It's a moral parable for our times. Mary Colbert
View Quote It's a tough sit through tough questions. Richard Nilsen in The Arizona Republic
View Quote It's like von Trier's expression of bewilderment at the idea of Christ. Like Mel Gibson, he portrays intense evil to make us wonder at the generosity of Grace. Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
View Quote It's simply a movie whose bite is as harsh and hard as its bark. Bob Longino in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
View Quote It's the best stage play you've ever attended, and you feel as if you're right in the middle of it. Steve Schneider in The Orlando Weekly
View Quote It would take a true knucklehead not to understand that Dogville isn't so much Anywhere, U.S.A., as anywhere. It really is a masterpiece — von Trier's first, as it happens. Glenn Kenny at Premeire magazine
View Quote Kidman, in a performance as emotionally stark as any she's ever given, makes Grace's journey achingly real, even though everything around her is deliberately artificial. James Sanford in the Kalamazoo Gazette
View Quote Lars von Trier is probably a genius. This doesn't stop him from being a jerk. Robert W. Butler in The Kansas City Star
View Quote Maddening, challenging and audacious, Dogville is an unlikely masterpiece. Rene Rodriguez in The Miami Herald
View Quote Nearly as powerful as Von Trier's Dancer in the Dark. Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
View Quote No matter how you come down on this movie politically, Dogville is a compelling chamber piece with constant cinematic surprises. Desson Thomson in The Washington Post
View Quote Optimistic viewers may debate how much of a handle he has on human nature. But he's clearly got a handle on his own views, and presents them in a way that is impossible to ignore or discount completely. You can loathe Dogville because it represents a concession to the basest ideas of human greed and cruelty, but you can't deny that it makes those ideas feel frighteningly real. Josh Bell in Las Vegas Weekly
View Quote Philosophy and politics aside, von Trier has forgotten to make a movie worth watching, create a single sympathetic character or write dialogue that isn't prattle. James Verniere in The Boston Herald
View Quote Rich with meaning or a sublime prank, Dogville gets to you. Jeannette Catsoulis in The Las Vegas Mercury
View Quote Running a painfully long three hours, Dogville is pretentious with a capital 'P. Steve Rhodes in Internet Reviews
View Quote Sarcastic humor, inventive staging and a brutal story combine to give Dogville the force of a bonfire, incendiary and beautiful. Chris Hewitt in St. Paul Pioneer Press
View Quote Shocks, galvanizes, and exhilarates. Jeanne Aufmuth, Palo Alto Weekly
View Quote Singular and unforgettable — the work of a brilliant crackpot. Joe Baltake in The Sacramento Bee
View Quote Slow-moving but engrossing, it feels shorter, and any reservations you may have about the unorthodox approach are washed away by its unexpected and purgative ending. Eric Harrison in The Houston Chronicle
View Quote The acting is ice cold. The dialogue is lethargic. And if we're going to sit through any movie that's 177 minutes, it better have some Hobbits in it. There are no Hobbits here, so stay home. E! Online
View Quote The daring, artistic brilliance of Dogville far outshines any negative interpretation we may have of the work. It's to be praised for inspiring varying interpretations and generating debate. Jack Garner in The Rochester Democrat And Chronicle
View Quote The film equivalent of an early 80s West Coast punk rock demo: low budget, unfocused fury from deep within that not everyone will agree with, but with undeniable primal power. Larry Carroll,
View Quote The only thing simple you can say about Dogville is that it's a masterpiece. Kim Morgan,
View Quote This acerbic "illustration" of a small town's curious notions of entitlement unspools as a Christian allegory by way of Mark Twain or Dr. Seuss. Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
View Quote This brilliantly acted film is a highly stylized, surprisingly successful experiment that sits somewhere between theater and cinema. Ken Fox TV Guide's Movie Guide
View Quote This examination of selfishness, xenophobia and the human ability to rationalize acts of horror may have audience members squirming not with outrage but recognition. John Beifuss in Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
View Quote This is a seriously important film and a huge achievement. Mick LaSalle, The San Francisco Chronicle
View Quote This isn't cynicism. It's nihilism. And its brilliant, infuriating display here proves again that Von Trier — exciting, maddening Von Trier — may be finding unusual new ways to say things just as he's running out of things to say. Stephen Whitty in The Newark Star-Ledger
View Quote This unique cinematic experience is a parable of greed and revenge that could take place anywhere. Marc Mohan in The Oregonian
View Quote Though certainly a failure in some respects, Dogville may be the most fascinating, richly accomplished screw-up you'll see all year. Michael Wilmington in The Chicago Tribune
View Quote Unapologetically cynical, miraculously imaginative, and sumptuously beautiful, Dogville is a thought-provoking time at the movies. Dustin Putman at
View Quote Uncompromising filmmaking that's both artistic and powerfully entertaining. Rich Cline, Shadows On The Wall
View Quote Utterly engrossing. Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
View Quote Von Trier supplies enough of an intellectual apparatus to give Dogville the veneer of art, but at its core this is a hollow, mean-spirited work. Daniel Eagan in Film Journal International
View Quote Von Trier's contempt for humanity is becoming harder to hide with stylistic flourish. He doesn't even try here, and his arrogance is topped only by his misanthropy. Sean Axmaker The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
View Quote We realize we just sat watching a movie for 3 hours that's a little pretentious but didn't really mind — that says something. Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone at
View Quote What Lars von Trier has achieved is avant-gardism for idiots. From beginning to end, Dogville is obtuse and dislikable, a whimsical joke wearing cement shoes. David Denby in The New Yorker
View Quote What's amazing about von Trier's alienating ploys is how quickly they make the movie enthralling. What starts out as distracting works to bring us in closer to what we should be concentrating on: the passion of Nicole Kidman's tragic heroine, and what her suffering says about the hope of all mankind. Bob Strauss in The Los Angeles Daily News
View Quote While you watch the movie, it can seem ridiculously long-winded... But once it's over, its characters' miserable faces remain etched in your memory, and its cynical message lingers. Stephen Holden in The New York Times
View Quote Who but von Trier could make such a film? Who else would dare? Liam Lacey in The Globe And Mail
View Quote Without a doubt one of the most brilliant films I have had the chance to experience. Kevin N. Laforest in the Montreal Film Journal
View Quote Yes, all the rumours are true. Dogville is vile, hilarious... and essential. Sean Burns, Philadelphia Weekly
View Quote I'd be hard-pressed to argue that the gloomy Dane wants anyone to actually like Dogville." Yes, it plays like a baldfaced, brazen insult, but it is a stunningly accomplished one. It hurts, but maybe it should. Michael O'Sullivan in The Washington Post
View Quote You don't so much enjoy watching it as you simply appreciate the genius that went into its creation. Phoebe Flowers, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
View Quote You just have to see it to believe it. Frankly, I have never seen anything like it, which is not to say that it's good or bad, but it is different and even original. Andrew Sarris in The New York Observer
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