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The beautiful fugitive, Grace, arrives in the isolated township of Dogville on the run from a team of gangsters. With some encouragement from Tom, the self-appointed town spokesman, the little community agrees to hide her and in return, Grace agrees to work for them. However, when a search sets in, the people of Dogville demand a better deal in exchange for the risk of harboring poor Grace and she learns the hard way that in this town, goodness is relative. But Grace has a secret and it is a dangerous one--so Dogville may regret it ever began to bare its sharpened teeth.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ambitious, intriguing but fatally self-important ..."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"What Lars von Trier has achieved is avant-gardism for idiots."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"[Director] Trier attempts to pass this off as art, when really it's just ridiculous."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"This minimalist, digital-video-shot film has its own cinematic flash and thunder, and does things only movies can do."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Bold stylistic decisions reinforce the themes of the narrative, while a strong story and convincing performances prove equal to the task of carrying such an extended running time."
‑ Alan Morrison, Empire Magazine
"For all of "Dogville's" strengths -- its powerful performances, the ingenious staging, how quickly and completely the audience accepts its stylized reality -- its take-home message is, ultimately, measly."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Fascinating for a while but, in the end, just sleep-inducing."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Thought provoking with its dense and intense themes, Dogville highlights the best and the worst in us all; the emotions it agitates are hard to shake."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"An exceptionally literary film that at the same time employs extremely theatrical set design. Leave it to the mad genius of Denmark to kick cinema's ass once again."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Manages to strike a poignant chord as a more general denunciation of humanity's latent tendencies for malicious selfishness."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"There's nothing static about [Von Trier's] technique, but everything else about the movie is dreary and closed off."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"It's a tough sit through tough questions."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"These elements come together to form a movie that is clinically ironic but also unique, inspired, and quite sublime."
‑ Robert Davis, Paste Magazine
"After about an hour, the novelty wears off, and you're aching to see an actual animal and real shrubs. After two hours, you feel disappointed when you realize that this wouldn't even make a good play. After three hours, it's downright infuriating."
‑ Kam Williams, Princeton Town Topics
"'Rich with meaning or a sublime prank, Dogville gets to you.'"
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, Las Vegas Mercury
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