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Based on 22 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Keep "Survivor" and "Fear Factor," and give me this spellbinding mind teaser, the ultimate game for movie buffs. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    In The Five Obstructions, we meet the Danish filmmaker for an extended period, and he's exactly what a fan might hope and expect him to be like: impish, insightful, unpredictable, mildly sadistic and rigorously honest. show more

  • 88
    New York Daily News

    A sensational oddity. It sheds light on the creative process, on filmmaking and on the durability of friendship and professional respect despite the odds. show more

  • 70
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    In this enjoyable if trivial battle between von Trier's psychodrama theatricality and Leth's cool formalism, it's ultimately the viewer who comes out the winner. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    This movie equivalent of Robert Rauschenberg's artwork "Erased de Kooning" is funny, ornery, and ultimately inspiring. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The Five Obstructions clearly calls for a sequel, in which Leth would require von Trier to remake "Dogville," despite Obstructions 6 through 10. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Part of what hooks you to this movie is how Leth outsmarts his taskmaster, and how the two men have divergent, almost incompatible aesthetic ideals. show more

  • 80
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Even those who dismiss Von Trier as a talented sadist might reconsider after seeing this revealing and ultimately poignant documentary -- and the funny thing is, on the surface it's not even about him. show more

  • 80
    Noel Murray The Dissolve

    As a piece of filmmaking, the documentary The Five Obstructions is nowhere near as artful as Leth’s films-within-the-film. show more

  • 60
    Film Threat

    As Leth overcomes each obstacle set before him, the film becomes a work of extraordinary artistry, intellectual exhilaration, emotional uplift, and outright affection. show more

  • April 23, 2010 drarthurwells
    Report This User

    A few parts are well done but the film is largely pseudo-intellectual nonsense. Way over-rated.

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