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Based on 29 Reviews
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  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Howard struggles with the role Kidman nailed. And the graphic nude scene in which "proudy slave" Timothy (Isaach De Bankole) puts a towel over Grace's head before ravishing her pale body is as rugged on the audience as it is on the actors. show more

  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The film is obvious, weak and scattered and seems more like a practical joke than a work of genuine passion. It is without exaggeration one of the most blindingly boring films I've seen in years. show more

  • NA
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Hate is too strong an emotion to spend on such a clumsy, bloodless broadside against human foibles in general and American follies in particular. show more

  • 40
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Nothing von Trier presents here, whether real or imagined, is fresh or new. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    I wouldn't go so far as to claim Manderlay is fun to watch. Von Trier, who can made compulsively watchable films ("Breaking the Waves"), has found a style that will alienate most audiences. Maybe it's necessary. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    The acting has the bravura stage eloquence of Broadway Shakespeare and the movie is narrated, beautifully, by John Hurt. show more

  • 75
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    Anybody can make a movie that's anti-slavery. But to make a movie that's explicitly anti-democracy-that's something. show more

  • 75
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    One of the best things about real Americans is that we can stand criticism. Informed or idiotic, scholarly or superficial, it's all welcome. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Spike Lee has been treading similar terrain with both greater cogency and fewer similarities to Bertolt Brecht. Manderlay, though, is mad and perplexed in its own inscrutable, schematic way. The trouble is the angrier it gets, the more infuriatingly banal it becomes. show more

  • 50
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    The film's conceits grow thin and von Trier's mocking, hectoring tone tiresome. show more

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