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Would you believe that the last living descendent of Jesus Christ is a woman working at an abortion clinic in Illinois? And that she's been sent on a holy mission with two minor characters from Clerks and Mallrats as her guides? Prepare to suspend any and all disbelief as you watch the religious satire Dogma, the fourth film from writer/director Kevin Smith. Bethany (Linda Fiorentino) has been disappointed in life and has found her faith severely tested after her husband leaves her when she discovers she cannot have children. So Bethany is all the more puzzled when she's approached by… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A very vulgar pro-faith comedy rather than a sacrilegious goof, Dogma is an extraordinarily uneven film that significant cutting might be able to transform into a playable one."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Too talky, too fond of in-jokes, too caught up (especially during the dismally weak climax) in its crass comic-strip ethos, and not, finally, as funny, subversive or thought-provoking as it would like to be."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It's too bad Smith's trademark humor got in the way, because while the film definitely has its flaws, there's no denying that it also had the ability to serve as an intelligent debate about religion."
‑ Jason Zingale,
"Make no mistake, Kevin Smith's talky, farcical comedy of cosmic errors is clever. But it's clever in a deeply juvenile way."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's push-the-envelope coarse, thematically ambitious, and -- most dangerously -- self-consciously respectful and thoughtful on matters of faith and religion."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"I couldn't care less whether Smith's metaphysical conceits about the war between Good and Evil are those of a devout believer or an atheist. The bottom line is that they're puerile."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A fresh premise gradually turns stale, and jokes that start out lively end up pooped."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"The true target of the film is not religion but religious dogma ..."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, Cinefantastique
"What you hear throughout Dogma, liberally peppered with the usual prankish profanities, is Kevin Smith having a conversation with himself about his faith."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"At their best, his verbal exercises are pyrotechnical, at worst, logorrheic."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"Dogma is more strained than funny."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Thou shalt not stop laughing."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A lighthearted, determinedly independent romp."
‑ , Film4
"Writer-Director Kevin Smith keeps getting better."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"It is thoughtful and funny but less than satisfying. Smith took on a bit too much, but I laud the effort."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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