Manderlay (2006)

The politics of slavery and the follies of nation-building highlight Danish director Lars von Trier's thought-provoking follow-up to the director's 2003 drama Dogville, featuring The Village's Bryce Dallas Howard in the role… More

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Release Date: August 8, 2006
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Critic Score: 51% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Manderlay may work better as a political statement than as a film, making its points at the expense of telling a compelling story.

Scott Tobias
AV Club

Manderlay loses in power what it lacks in novelty, even though it's more relevant than anything the year is likely to bring.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

If von Trier can't be bothered to get out more, he should at least consider picking up a book or just using some real imagination.

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Emanuel Levy

The second installment in Lars von Trier's trilogy, USA: Land of Opprtunity, is a maor disappointment

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Watching this film is an edifying but frustrating experience; dull in parts, amusing and illuminating in others. You'd still struggle to call it entertainment.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Manderlay is both more coherent and more obvious than Dogville, which lacked the clean narrative drive of the new film.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A superior entry to "Dogville."

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

Dig that freaky symbolism!

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Manderlay comes off as little more than a droning, embittered curiosity.

Cole Smithey

"Manderlay" shows von Trier learning from that film's stylistic mistakes to make an ambitious and thought-provoking allegory about the ways in which "slavery" in America was never truly abolished, but rather converted to a different condition of capitalis

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
I really didn't think he'd top Dogville but I think Lars von Trier has here with Manderlay. The sound-stage concept still feels fresh and the change… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Manderlay" takes place after the events in "Dogville". Grace(Bryce Dallas Howard, a vast improvement over Nicole… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Lars Von Trier repeats his famous and tedious Dogville formula. nevertheless, an interesting and thought-provoking microcosm.
Cameron Johnson
Every time I think of this film's title, I always think of that line in "Wild is the Wind" that goes, "I hear the sound of mandolins",… More
Antony Stubbs
The mid-point of Lars von Trier's 'American trilogy', Manderlay follows up Dogville in it's presentation of the hypocrisy of a… More
Alec Barniskis
While it lacks the raw emotional punch of "Dogville" this sequel of sorts raises a lot of fascinating ideas about race and how communities are formed.… More

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