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Dogville

Dogville

2003
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
2h 58m
The beautiful fugitive Grace arrives in the isolated Dogville on the run from a team of gangsters. With some encouragement from Tom, the self-appointed town spokesman, the little community agrees to hide her and in return, Grace agrees to work for them.
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Dogville

2003
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
2h 58m
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Rated 23 Apr 2009
100
90th
The most powerful movie I've seen in a long time, and the cast is virtually perfect including Hurt's wonderful narration. I hoped for a long time that it would end as it did. Then, when the ending actually occurred, I was sickened at myself for hoping it, which only too well mirrored the film's message. It started out getting me invested, then began systematically ripping my heart out and ultimately left me shaken. Add to this brilliantly unique visuals and you get a definite must-see.
Rated 08 Jun 2009
100
97th
Well, that was the most fucked-up community production of Our Town I'VE ever seen.
Rated 01 Mar 2007
95
97th
Captivating storytelling and it shows you so plainly and powerfully that people are such demanding beings,it almost freezes your blood in the end.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
81
69th
As usual, Von Trier annoys me and captivates me at the same time. Dogville is manipulative as hell, transparent as hell, but goddamnit, it's effective as hell.
Rated 06 Dec 2009
89
89th
At first this looked like a manipulative film that I would end up being angry with. Then it started to work too well, I felt uncomfortable, and the only thing that kept me watching was the promise on the back of the DVD case that Dogville gets what it deserves. But then when it comes, I was left realizing that I couldn't have possibly wanted this. And so, all in all, Trier's little tricks that look silly and overdone at first; work to perfection in the end.
Rated 20 Feb 2007
80
77th
Entertaining and visually captivating. The whole cast is almost perfect.
Rated 10 Sep 2010
95
99th
Finally, a film that dares to have new, original ideas. Lars von Trier's tricky, daring masterwork is a haunting film with an ugly but purgative finale. The unorthodox setting works like a charm and the performances support the material well (especially Kidman & Caan). Above all, this is a film that is not afraid to criticize with insight and intelligence the vanity, greed and hypocrisy that prevail in many aspects of modern America. A film that visits the dark side of the moon and conquers it.
Rated 12 Dec 2014
9
90th
My relationship with Von Trier's oeuvre has mostly been on and off but Dogville, with its expert build-up, clever scenography and thoughtful reflections on the human condition, took me by great surprise. The stylishly utilised set design is a thing of beauty, if not a stroke of genius, cleverly suggesting how the flaws, ugliness and hypocrisy of man remains unscathed no matter where you wind up. Great film.
Rated 12 Dec 2006
89
92nd
Very unique in its attempt to play with conventions to tell a great moral tale. It can feel really heavy handed at times, but overall I'd say it succeeds and it's definitely worth giving it a try.
Rated 15 May 2009
86
87th
The narration is very original and it works, especially since the script is awesome. The acting is good all around and Hurt's voice makes the movie tick.
Rated 18 Jan 2013
90
90th
Makes you want so strongly for a certain event to happen only to, when it does happen, make you wonder how you could have ever wanted it to. The Brechtian set design is extremely effective amplifying emotions and adding a certain placelessness to the film. Not so much an attack on the USA as a way of using issues in the USA to show issues in society at large. Instead of being anti-USA it is instead anti-contempt, anti-poverty and anti-isolatory attitudes.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
93
99th
On virtue. And America.
Rated 11 Apr 2009
97
98th
Gritty, brutal and moving......a fantastic film..Highly recommended.
Rated 26 Apr 2015
90
93rd
Think what you will of Trier, but at least he's on a mission of constantly exploring the boundaries of what movie-making can be. This merger of theatre and film might be an "evolutionary" dead-end, but it's a very successful attempt, and a good movie to boot. Also, the title might be an anagram. Say whaaat?
Rated 23 Sep 2009
1
16th
Fuck Lars Trier, self absorbed narcissist with his idiotic dogme style. Horrible.
Rated 08 Jan 2010
4
35th
Sometimes entertaining, sometimes boring, a lot of bullshit, some interesting sets, good acting, felt like a play. Average. People are very evil apparently and von Trier really likes to torture women, too bad I don't.
Rated 22 May 2007
75
50th
There are many clever things about this film: the artificiality of the setting, the way light and seeing function as revealers of injustice, and I even kind of like the voice-over narration. But why can't Trier resist making his characters such irredeemable monsters? Granted, the idea of redemption is central here, but making the populace of the small town unimaginably cruel and then claiming that this works as an allegory for all of human society is the cinematic equivalent of a straw man.
Rated 19 Sep 2008
90
79th
Captivating, and very entertaining!
Rated 08 Dec 2011
95
98th
What strikes me about the film is it's element of innocence, what with it's storybook feel, thanks in no small part to John Hurt's narration and the format of "chapters" on intertitles. It's this mood that really makes the film unique and watchable. That, and the "stage" of the town, which is really inspired. It keeps it absolutely gripping for three hours. There is a lot said about greed, selfishness, guilt, and a thousand other things, and the cast is simply terrific.
Rated 10 Aug 2015
94
99th
You owe them that. You owe them that. The penalty you deserve for your transgressions, they deserve for their transgressions.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
10
0th
Von Trier is by far my least favorite filmaker. I saw this in a screening thru the SAG Film Society. I've never seen more of our masses exit mid-film than at this one... There were some great performances going on, but chrimony! - pick-up the pace in editing Lars!!!
Rated 09 Dec 2008
6
95th
I've never been more conflicted on how I sit with a film, I just know this is important [also glad to see Kidman in something memorable again].
Rated 14 Aug 2007
5
0th
A catastrophic misuse of cinema, and directorial talent, wallowing along within its own bubble of self-importance. von Trier is a creative mind at times bordering on genius, but this is impotent, off-putting filmmaking. For a period it flops back and forth between tolerable mediocrity, and mind-numbingly vacuous faux stage-play antics, before descending into farce, alongside some truly heroicly awful moralism. You could say, a masterfully executed car crash, but I hardly think it was intended.
Rated 07 Apr 2010
85
90th
I wasn't thilled with the set, for obvious reasons,the narration, and I was perplexed by the main character's responses throughout the majority of the film. But the excellent ending cleared up a lot of character motivations for me and was too awesome for words. A movie that was made for the patient
Rated 10 Jan 2010
28
19th
Lars von Trier has never been to the United States because he's afraid of flying, but sure, he knows exactly what he's talking about.
Rated 15 Sep 2011
93
96th
A bed-time story for adults. Its messages and politics are obvious, but are incredibly well delivered in a sublimely clever and cruel narrative.
Rated 11 May 2008
85
97th
This is a near-masterpiece. The only flaw is the stylistic nature, not of the set, which didn't bother me, but of the characters' actions. Why they make the decisions they do make is sometimes too obscure, and the film similarly lacks most open emotional display, which makes it harder to second-guess all underlying motivation. Even the abuse is mostly symbolic. As it is, the film is a convincing indictment of idealistic social mores, the fantasy of not abusing a position of power over others.
Rated 24 Feb 2014
90
93rd
Holy shit. A Lars Von Trier film I didn't absolutely loathe. As a matter of fact this movie was pretty amazing and probably the most humanizing movie of his I've seen. I loved the minimal style. I never hated a character as much as I hated Grace, with all her frailty, and then completely flip me on my head. See Lars? You don't need to be a pretentious douche relying on drawn out cinematography and #deep metaphors in order to make a great movie. A nice moral quandary will do just fine.
Rated 10 Nov 2009
2
49th
It's amazing that this manages to be engaging for three hours, considering its lack of sets and simplistic story. It's von Trier once again putting a woman through the ringer, which is once again both annoying and highly effective. The cast is fantastic, although a part of me feels sorry for Kidman, who obviously had no idea what she was signing up for.
Rated 27 Jul 2009
10
0th
Almost deliberately terrible.
Rated 02 Sep 2022
85
94th
Un violent uppercut, dans un trou noir. Nicole Kidman est fascinante et imprévisible, Von Trier n'est pas toujours un génie, mais quand il s'y met, c'est violent !
Rated 18 Apr 2012
80
88th
I would love to show this to an average filmgoer. I imagine this would be the same level of torture to them as 'Transformers' would be to the educated. Taking place entirely on a minimilisic stage-set, and with a running time of 3 hours, 'Dogville' is yet more evidence to the fact that, no matter what your opinion on von Trier is (I personally think he's a genius and one of the best directors going), you can't deny that all of his films are unique and heaving with originality...and rape.
Rated 21 Oct 2020
90
95th
Narrator: "Whether Grace left Dogville, or on the contrary Dogville had left her - and the world in general - is a question of a more artful nature that few would benefit from by asking, and even fewer by providing an answer. And nor indeed will it be answered here."
Rated 21 Jun 2011
100
98th
100 is not enough!
Rated 10 Dec 2014
90
96th
It doesn't happen every day that you see your entire vision on life's meaning, art and the human condition painted out on a screen. Some people may call Dogville manneristic, pretentious, far-fetched, or even boring. But the film entirely relies on one's affection towards Von Trier's perception of the universe. In the end, an artist communicating and expressing his thoughts through his chosen medium is the very essence of art itself. This is why I adore cinema so much.
Rated 25 Dec 2008
90
94th
A scathing portrayal of simple people in a chalk outlined small town. The story unfolds with outrageous symbolism to conclude that humans are basically evil by nature. Although I wouldn't agree with the generalization completely, there certainly are enough people like these Dogville residents in the real world to make this movie hauntingly realistic.
Rated 03 Apr 2020
85
92nd
Fiendishly clever.
Rated 02 May 2008
82
94th
The staging is incredible, the director takes us to an imaginary world and the performances are just masterful.
Rated 18 Feb 2015
92
97th
This one kept me thrilled for the entire runtime. It's like a play in the spirit of Brecht and Dürrenmatt, where a dangerous, yet shockingly comprehensible group dynamic unfolds. And Kidman was awesome here. A reserved, but powerful performance.
Rated 02 Mar 2010
80
84th
This is a parable about how evil begets evil but it is also a deeply critical reflection of the U.S. Von Trier has been criticized for his portrayal of small town Americans but a lot of it is a reflection of the darkest reality rather than something that can be applied to all Americans. The reduction of his film to a stage play to open up the actors for scrutiny is interesting and not completely unlike his other film Dancer in the Dark which both have roots in stage tragedies.
Rated 17 Nov 2009
90
57th
Lars von Trier is one of those directors I can't say I love, but I deeply respect. Dogville is a damn tough movie to watch, but it's brilliant and though it's long, it's just worth it.
Rated 11 Nov 2009
20
11th
one of a few movies i couldn't stand watching to the end, kidman was just terrible with that disgustingly unreal goody two shoes character.dialogues pissed me off as well
Rated 24 Sep 2019
80
78th
part one: where grace becomes eligible for the gangsters health insurance covered therapy plan
Rated 13 Apr 2011
90
58th
There is no running away from our animal nature? Like Lord of the Flies, Dogville provides a plain, harsh explanation to depth of human mind and nature. It feels hard to follow up in the beginning, but great actors and great directing ended up with a clearly told story.
Rated 28 Feb 2011
88
78th
A look into one small, American town's fall from grace ... both figuratively and literally.
Rated 09 Jun 2020
85
84th
By its explosive conclusion, Dogville manages to conjure up a deep philosophical conundrum: How do we process the ethical problem of revenge killing when it is inextricably linked to the essential metamorphosis of the protagonist's identity? Where most films solve this superficially by serving revenge with a sort of cinematic jouissance, LVT remains firm that revenge is best served cold.
Rated 30 Nov 2010
40
97th
"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
Rated 14 Aug 2007
98
96th
Unforgettably austere, moving, funny narrative exposing the hypocrisiesof American history. Nicole Kidman is fragile and strong at the same time.
Rated 22 Mar 2007
85
98th
Unique film which is not only a pleasure to watch for its story but mostly for the actors and their performances.
Rated 26 Dec 2014
100
98th
Dogville is such a movie. This is my second favorite movie of all time.
Rated 13 May 2011
92
87th
Absolutely amazing.
Rated 26 May 2008
50
10th
I could never finish watching this, for being bored out of my skull, and not having much impetus in the sense of others recommending it, I let it lie.
Rated 09 May 2021
98
99th
"If there's any town this world would be better without, this is it." (Seen engraved above the city hall doors in Phoenix.)
Rated 15 Sep 2014
30
18th
I hated the ridiculous lack of set and scenery which ruins the experience. It's basically a play on a stage. I could not get past this huge gaping flaw. The stupendously awful director completely destroys any sense of believability or immersion. Mostly points are for the beautiful Nicole Kidman, the charismatic James Caan, and Paul Bettany. Maybe you can forgive the horrific lack of visuals and pretentiousness, but I plan to avoid everything from Lars Von Trier in the future.
Rated 09 Nov 2007
92
95th
Ugly and mean. I loved it.
Rated 03 Sep 2012
94
95th
Gothic folk poetry. This is rural Americana stripped down to the very bone. The minimalist set-up of Dogville on stage is not only an interesting visual choice, it's also thematically symbolic of the thin walls and transparency that exist in a community this rustic. Amazing narration by Hurt takes this to a level of excellence. By the end the viewer is transformed and may find theirself looking in the mirror, questioning their own morals and feelings about what just unfurled before their eyes.
Rated 07 Sep 2009
91
97th
Disturbing. Innovative. Beautiful. Von Trier.
Rated 10 Apr 2020
90
90th
Lars illustrates such a clever masterpiece, minimal yet manipulative, and philosophically rich. No meat is left on the bone in any given community aspiring beyond their normality. I don't doubt the polarizing remarks this film receives, but I am really fascinated by this one.
Rated 24 Sep 2011
95
93rd
Von Trier refuses to spoon feed allegories or philosophies, instead offering up a bleak, nauseating, enigmatic masterpiece, and throwing it to the dogs.
Rated 28 Apr 2008
90
92nd
Different, not for all, no doubt, but i liked it.
Rated 31 Dec 2010
49
8th
Von Trier puts female characters through unbearable torment? YOU DON'T SAY!
Rated 01 Jun 2007
100
94th
o la la !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rated 26 Mar 2020
65
42nd
As a study in folksy friendly American racism and the contempt that fuels it, I'm not quite sure if this is a profound creative venture or a pretentious heap of obvious facts obscured through the soundstage gimmick. But maybe Lars von Trier's greatest strength is making films where you can't tell the difference.
Rated 25 Dec 2010
100
89th
Magnificent!
Rated 16 Apr 2015
100
98th
yine trier, yine dedim ki izlerken "inanamiyorum bu adama." yine cok kafam karisti, yine cok dusundurecek durup durup. sondaki arrogance diyalogu, ve sonrasi aslinda butun filme esdegerdi. ve dogville evreninde dogville yok oldugu icin cok rahatladim.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
82
95th
Dogville, the 1st in a trilogy from director Lars von Trier, is a very ambitious and interesting film. Taking place on a stage with little to no props, the charcters of the film take on greater importance. The town of Dogville is a secluded place where they wind up taking in a stranger and then using her. Interesting social look at people. Great perfomances all around.
Rated 05 Aug 2010
10
99th
reverência!!! esse filme me surpreendeu!!!
Rated 23 Feb 2013
9
90th
MagB asks: "Why can't Trier resist making his characters such irredeemable monsters?" Well, why should he resist? Trier isn't concerned with being impartial, even if as a result he creates some amusing generalizations. Put some suspicious blood in the water and people become paranoid, xenophobic, violent, selfish, lustful...certainly all of this is true sometimes, right? An unforgettable and original movie, even if it's silly and grim to the point of absurdity. PS: Kidman is amazing in this.
Rated 02 Nov 2008
50
13th
What a long movie, almost 3 hours ! The beginning and the end was good but the middle part was pretty boring. Luckily there was some action at the end of this film.
Rated 01 Nov 2010
100
99th
Score applies to 135m version only - original 183m. cut would get an 84.
Rated 31 Mar 2017
85
93rd
Man, I would love to limit this to what a pretentious prig vonTrier is, e.g. for writing realist manifestos and then going on to make some of the least realist films ever, but the fact is, these films are pretty good. Of course, there is lots of pretension in this one as well (such as its unnecessary 3 hour runtime), and the style at times veers from dreary stage to whimsical (do miniature vehicles seen from the top always feel like Wes Anderson?), but the final chapters packed a powerful punch.
Rated 24 Aug 2012
81
56th
All of the theater's influences on cinema is laid bare here while never betraying the curious minimalism that Trier chose to present the story. There are some flourishes that use the set to great effect, but the primary draw is the emphasis on the performances, or rather the shape of the characters themselves. They play like an overtly allegorical ensemble of conditions, rather than any actual representations of fully-fleshed individuals. Perhaps it's too easy to see where the arc will lead to.
Rated 20 Dec 2013
70
43rd
A challenging piece of experimental filmmaking.
Rated 19 Jul 2009
60
68th
Disturbing and effective at time but mostly overly in your face.
Rated 24 Nov 2018
85
90th
Showcases Von Trier's typically bleak view of humanity. Interesting choice to present it as a play, but I do take issue with the shaky handheld camerawork, the somewhat overused tragedy tropes (plenty of parallels to be observed with his previous work "A Dancer in the Dark" as well as Tornatore's "Malena") and the long runtime though.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
97
57th
The contrast between a sad reality of human exploration and hipocrisy and stupid atittude of 'smart' neighboors. Lars von Trier make a movie to critic american society, but other places, cities and countries have been identified with Dogville.
Rated 24 Nov 2017
80
86th
The novelty of the staging wears off surprisingly quickly and reveals a stunningly sharp commentary on human morality. I'm not quite sure that I agree with the film's final message on humanity but it is cleverly told and inspires considerable thought and reflection. The acting is amazing from all and Kidman's performance in particular is quite praiseworthy. This is not a film that should be easily dismissed.
Rated 23 Jan 2014
95
93rd
A unique and deeply compelling film that plays with the conventions of cinema in order to best portray a horrifying story of small town paranoia and contempt. The fact that the film ends exactly how I wanted it to for three hours yet left me feeling sick to my stomach is the best way to sum up the genius of Dogville.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
73rd
Lars's love letter to the USA, part 1.
Rated 19 Feb 2023
0
0th
Utterly unwatchable due to shaky camera work. Maybe you could watch this on a 12 inch screen without feeling sick, but not on a projector screen. The set is very pared down, like a stage play and this was an interesting concept, but as I've said, the camera operator ruined the whole thing. There is no excuse for this, a shaky camera DOES NOT give me a feeling of reality because my eyeballs and brain smooth things out for me. Shaky camera work is not big, not clever and not arty.
Rated 12 Jul 2008
90
92nd
A striking, original, and thought-provoking morality tale.
Rated 08 Feb 2011
1
0th
There's a lot I really like here, and I can only sum it up by saying that behind all of Dogville lies a singular vision and an interesting (and controversial) point to be made here (and an admittedly less interesting one about America), which is absorbing and perplexing all at once. However, this really did not need to 3 hours long, and that narrator really rubbed me the wrong way. So... I don't really know. Like most von Triers, of course. Score is not a grade.
Rated 28 Dec 2012
93
90th
Bem, filme do caralho. Escrevi sobre ele no caderno.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
78th
Emotionally challenging. The chalk-on-ground set are not only good idea, but also have a sense in the movie. This movie remains in my head for years.
Rated 31 Jan 2010
68
22nd
worth seeing, but way too pretentious and obsessed with itself for its own good. and i usually love those sort of films.
Rated 09 Oct 2017
92
96th
Libra? Áries?
Rated 30 Apr 2009
84
69th
Filmmed theatre play, sort of anoying for those who are use to movies with outdoors and productions. Acting is paramount and you get into the story once you brake the barrier of what you are seeing.
Rated 16 Sep 2008
65
92nd
brug tid
Rated 01 Oct 2016
79
52nd
A good idea and theme but didn't need to be three hours and really hated the production/narration.
Rated 09 Mar 2021
13
2nd
Nice try Lars von Trier, no way I'm sitting through 3 hours of this crap :P
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
67th
Unique way of filming and telling a story. I enjoyed the concepts more than the story but that's pretty par for the course for Lars Von Trier.
Rated 08 Jul 2009
3
74th
Memory says: Very good.
Rated 12 Jul 2011
99
88th
Von Trier is unique, he does have his critics, but this really works.
Rated 28 Apr 2007
96
95th
This was hilarious! But seriously, fantastic movie.
Rated 16 Dec 2017
10
96th
lots of lines to read between and interactions to have fun picking apart. P.S. Chloe Sevigny sucks at acting stop hiring her.
Rated 11 Aug 2010
66
88th
#03#, reviews, Nicole K, (S Skarsgård)
Rated 16 Feb 2008
85
98th
Stunning original intelligent film doodah.
Rated 23 May 2021
98
98th
A social collapse. Genius. Just motherfucking genius.
Rated 18 Sep 2008
74
46th
Open your mind first before watch this movie. Some say it's an idiotic scenary but I think it's fair to understand.
Rated 19 Mar 2012
4
87th
This film puzzles me. I still cannot make sense of what LvT was trying to say. There must be a coherent ideology behind it, but I don't see it. I've enjoyed thinking about it, though.

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