Dancer in the Dark
Dancer in the Dark (2000)

Set in rural America in 1964, an immigrant and single mother who works at a factory takes refuge from her hardships by imagining herself and her co-workers in Hollywood musicals.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 23, 2000
DVD Release Date: March 20, 2001
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Dancer in Dark can be grim, dull, and difficult to watch, but even so, it has a powerful and moving performance from Bjork and is something quite new and visionary.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

At least Dancer in the Dark is bad in a complicated way.

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Emanuel Levy

Denmark's enfant terrible Lars von Trier finally won the Camme Palme d'Or for this postmodern deconstructive musical featuring a stunning performance by Bjork.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It is not pleasing to watch, by any conceivable definition of that word.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Aims right for the heart and aces its target.

Nick Rogers

Habitually galling director Lars von Trier's musical is a black-swan genre rarity - a 1960s-set sledgehammer to Broadway and Hollywood's insistence on sunshiny endings in golden-era musicals about Nazis, murder and suicide.

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Rob Gonsalves

Even without the musical numbers, von Trier has given us a compelling story with original characters.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It smashes down the walls of habit that surround so many movies. It returns to the wellsprings. It is a bold, reckless gesture.

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Cole Smithey

Everything about Bjork and Dancer in the Dark is enigmatic in an uncomfortable dissecting way that shows beauty in the crudest way, and crudeness in the complexity of advanced social mores.

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Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

I was devastated by it. What bothers me is this: It is the easiest thing in the world to do... move people by destroying something beautiful.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Björk is magnificent in a very demanding performance, acting and singing in this grim and devastating musical tragedy that can be really difficult for some… More
Dan Schultz
A devastating, soul-crushing take on the justice system concerning a blind immigrant (Bjork), who gets by as a machine-worker by day and a theater performer by… More
Daniel Perry
It's like a Raymond Carver short story written by Ingmar Bergman, and directed occasionally by Baz Luhrman. Plus, it stars Bjork. Weird, wonderful slice of… More
Matheus Carvalho
Selma (Björk) é uma jovem imigrante da Tchecoslováquia que se mudou para os Estados Unidos com o propósito de criar seu filho Gene (Vladica Kostic). Vivendo uma… More
paul oh
Its a different type of musical. Von Trier finds an all star cast from Bjork to Peter Stormare and creates a dark and depressing piece of cinema. The dead… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
Dancer In The Dark is a drama musical tackling oppression, injustice, and sacrifice. An engaging and compelling story that evokes sympathy and hate, Dancer In… More