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Based on 40 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 25 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Von Trier draws us inexorably into the web of these characters. He loses us in a dream of his own devising. That's filmmaking. Now if he'd only learn to shut up at press conferences. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    If only Lars von Trier took into account that audiences might actually want to enjoy Melancholia, rather than endure it, or sift through it, or submit to the director's will, he might have made something extraordinary. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Nearly everyone in this film is unlikeable, their actions inexplicable. And the pace is so lugubrious that it's hard not to succumb to Justine's glum mood. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Its true subject is melancholia as a spiritual state, a destroyer of happiness that emerges from its hiding place behind the sun, just like the menacing planet, then holds the heroine, Justine, in its unyielding grip and gives Ms. Dunst the unlikely occasion for a dazzling performance. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Melancholia is a remarkable mood piece with visuals to die for (excuse the pun), and a performance from Dunst that runs the color spectrum of emotions. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Lars von Trier's end-of-days drama Melancholia feels as if it's something from another world...but even by his standards this remote yet lovely funereal dirge is in its own orbit. show more

  • 95
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    The actresses' performances intertwine beautifully, like twin climbing vines vying for the attention of the sun. show more

  • 100
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Leave it to von Trier to conceive an intergalactic sci-fi metaphor for a psychological disorder – and then make it work so astonishingly well. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    If I were choosing a director to make a film about the end of the world, von Trier the gloomy Dane might be my first choice. The only other name that comes to mind is Werner Herzog's. Both understand that at such a time silly little romantic subplots take on a vast irrelevance. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Much of Melancholia plays, effectively, like a slice of late 20th century Dogme-style realism, in the vein of the film "Celebration" by von Trier's fellow Dane, Thomas Vinterberg. show more

  • June 09, 2013 WaterForestPress
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    Fantastic movie. Involving, intriguing, unique. There aren\'t enough words for this wonderful flick. The well known actors are a plus.

  • June 04, 2012 tk00000000124673
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    Don\'t waste your time watching this movie. I wasted over an hour of my life on this waste of film. The movie makes no sense, and doesn\'t hold a solid ************** all over, and it\'s hard to make sense of what is actually happening. Disappointed :/

  • May 07, 2012 Lon +
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    My 2nd favorite picture of 2011. And I\'m feeling guilty. It really should be my first. Kirsten Dunst deserved an Oscar nod. Rosie O\'Donnell does not. Bravo!

  • May 01, 2012 uv00000000122701
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    the film is really melancholy, enough to give a certain depression to see the critical state of optimal performance of Kristen Dunst, the film manages to make an optimal transaction for the joy of marriage to the despair of hopelessness. the final explanation of his melancholy is well established and counted and the final scene very nice, the downside is for the entrained rhythm that many times comes to tire the viewer.Write your review here...

  • April 15, 2012 CTSSY
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    Only the cinematography is good while the plot doesn\'t really make sense. Okay, she got married with this man, and then what? He totally disappeared in the second half of the film. She got sick and confused in the first half of the film but turns to be the one who\'s calm as opposed to her sister, who is sensible at the beginning but loses her head in the end. And how does her brother-in-law die? In the stable, but why does it happen? All these don\'t make sense. Are they all under the influence of this planet Melancholia?

  • March 20, 2012 Gg
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    Loved it. Hit or miss from both perspectives and hopes.

  • February 03, 2012 jpewther
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    A big disappointment. Didn\'t make sense. Didn\'t hang together. A lot of the time I couldn\'t even understand what the actors were saying. It might have been partly the fault of the sound system in the theatre. But who are all those people at IMDb that gave it a high rating?

  • January 06, 2012 mining1mind
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    Melancholia. This is a stirring examination of the societal flaws stemming from mankind’s patriarchal structures. It’s near exquisite…only slightly hampered by the jaggedness of handheld camera maneuverings, especially through the first portion of the storyline. Still, the essence of theme is masterfully developed and ultimately captivating. Against the backdrop of uncertain destiny and a setting of man’s ultimate homage to woman - her wedding day - this surrealistic tragedy plays out. Von Tier’s treatment of his subject is operatic in tone; the pain and release of soul veiled throughout the plot’s focus of Justine’s underlying revulsion , becoming evermore acute as Claire’s disillusionment unfolds. The story is not always apparent, but the artistic genius is not to be denied, and tells of man’s vain emptiness in a world which for the director is serendipitous in its origin. At last, for it‘s artistic value and substantial it is, I came away from the film more mystified and enamored with the woman than anything else. To wit…I am left wondering, what do girls know they aren

  • January 03, 2012 qpowell
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    I had no expectation and was not disappointed. Had I read the fabulous reviews before I might have liked it more.

  • December 29, 2011 mfastrider
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    One of the dullest and emptiest films I have ever seen...


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