Critics score:
70 / 100

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Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press:Nearly as powerful as Von Trier's Dancer in the Dark.Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald:Maddening, challenging and audacious, Dogville is an unlikely masterpiece.Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: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.Read more

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune:Though certainly a failure in some respects, Dogville may be the most fascinating, richly accomplished screw-up you'll see all year.Read more

David Edelstein, Slate:The politics of Dogville are on par with a third-rate gangster picture: cheap, opportunistic nihilism, with no enlivening sense of humor.Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper:[A] bold experiment with an effective, bare-bones visual style and strong acting, but it's far too long, far too pretentious and far too sloppy, cheap and obvious in its anti-American bias.Read more

Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution:It's simply a movie whose bite is as harsh and hard as its bark.Read more

Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic:It's a tough sit through tough questions.Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: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.Read more

Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle: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.Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: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.Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly:Gorgeous, experimental, alive with a Scandinavian strain of chutzpah, and artistically elegant.Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail:Who but von Trier could make such a film? Who else would dare?Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: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.Read more

Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly: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.Read more

Jan Stuart, Newsday:An audaciously original feat of allegorical story.telling, one of those visionary achievements that stirs moviegoers into a fury and goes on to define a decade.Read more

Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture:There's nothing static about [Von Trier's] technique, but everything else about the movie is dreary and closed off.Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: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.Read more

Jami Bernard, New York Daily News:Brilliant and infuriating, wise and naive, outrageous yet unforgettable.Read more

Rex Reed, New York Observer:Dogville is like climbing the Matterhorn with a cement block tied to your back.Read more

Stephen Holden, New York Times: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.Read more

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer: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.Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel:Fascinating for a while but, in the end, just sleep-inducing.Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: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.Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: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.Read more

Charles Taylor, every respect other than sheer length -- in scope, imagination, execution, depth and spirit -- Dogville is a piddling movie.Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle:This is a seriously important film and a huge achievement.Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune:Dogville is a love-it-or- hate-it experience, but one that will fill a large space in any viewer's imagination.Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star:Brutally masterful allegory.Read more

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine:It's a brilliant idea, for about 10 minutes. Then the bare set is elbowed out of a viewer's mind by the threadbare plot and characterizations.Read more

Geoff Andrew, Time Out:Ambitious, intriguing but fatally self-important ...Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today:Darkly funny, intellectually challenging and obliquely didactic.Read more

J. Hoberman, Village Voice: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.Read more

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post:For all of "Dogville's" strengths -- its powerful performances, the ingenious staging, how quickly and completely the audience accepts its stylized reality -- its take-home message is, ultimately, measly.Read more