Medea
Medea (1987)

Shooting entirely on analog video, Lars von Trier directs the made-for-Danish-TV version of the ancient Greek tragedy +Medea by Euripides. The screenplay is based on a 1960s adaptation written by master Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 20, 2003
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The moment you can forget about Dreyer--or at least reduce his contribution to some parts of the dialogue-- Medea becomes an exhilarating visual feast.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

It's difficult to imagine the Euripides original ever being more eloquently adapted.

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Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Medea concentrates on the human story of ambition and jealousy

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Works on von Trier's own imagistic terms.

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

The cryptic tale is an exercise in long takes and roundabout dialogue, where every character speaks in riddles.

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

Produced for Danish television in 1987, Medea is a remarkable, streamlined minimalist tone poem.

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Dave Kehr
New York Times

No admirer of Mr. von Trier's work should miss this compelling rarity.

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Chris Elliot
PopMatters

Adapted from a script composed by the late Danish silent filmmaker Carl Theodor Dryer, this narrative is quiet and elegant.

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

Literal and simple-minded.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Conner Rainwater
Lars Von Trier has an amazing style and he made me enjoy a story that I am not to fond of. He made the story of Medea realistic and bleak, which was a nice… More
Cameron Johnson
I figured Tyler Perry owned this character and didn't figure that anyone else would make a Madea film, let alone, of all people, Lars von Trier... about… More
Sylvester Kuo
Lars von Trier's Medea is an one of a kind adaptation to the classic Greek tragedy about a vengeful wife's plot against her unfaithful husband. Von… More