Dear Wendy
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The contradictions of America's simultaneous love and fear of violence go under the microscope in this drama from Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg. Dick (Jamie Bell) is a timid young man growing up in a mining town where he's been deemed to frail to work with the other men. Dick is given a toy gun by a girl who works in a dime store, and he becomes fascinated with the weapon -- especially when it becomes clear that the gun isn't a toy after all. Dick and a handful of other local misfits who are also interested in guns form a gang called "the Dandies," a band of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

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"We get it, Lars. Actually, we got it some time ago. Guns are bad things. They kill people and Americans are obsessed with them. Can we move on now?"
‑ Michael Posner, Globe and Mail
"Like the Dandies, Vinterberg and Von Trier are fascinated by something they despise, and despise it even more for fascinating them. And in the end, like the Dandies, Vinterberg and Von Trier still don't know the first thing about it."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Sadly, the real Thomas Vinterberg appears to be standing up. But for what exactly?"
‑ Wesley Morris, Film Comment Magazine
"The highlight is when a female member of the Dandies bares her breasts, which is about as pointless as the rest of the film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"a private joke for two guys who should know better."
‑ Chris Cabin,
"If Jamie Bell can't rescue a movie, it's probably not salvageable."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"The audience is clearly expected to enjoy the bloodbath even while it disapproves."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Leave it to the Dogme brothers to do a strange, darkly comedic tale about a posse of dandies that fall in love with their guns."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Naive, corruptible, lonely young man meets femme fatale, and it all leads, inevitably, absurdly, to destruction."
‑ Ron Reed, Christianity Today
"The film has the unmistakable imprint of [Lars] von Trier, with its heavy-handed tirade, masquerading as satire, assailing what he perceives to be America's obsessions with guns and violence."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The scenario's practically straitjacketed in commentary. Von Trier's weak story doesn't help."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Dear Wendy is loaded with ideas, some half-baked, some dead-on, some just stupid, and Vinterberg throws them at the screen willy-nilly."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Entre la sátira, la fábula y el comentario crítico (...) el interés se pierde y no convencen."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"The result is mixed."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Von Trier's caricature of teen angst and Vinterberg's junkyard-chic stylistic flourishes aren't about anything but their loathing of American culture."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
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