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Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgård) are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and brother-in-law (Kiefer Sutherland). Meanwhile, the planet, Melancholia, is heading towards Earth... Melancholia is a psychological disaster movie from director Lars von Trier. -- (C) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""Melancholia" is a hauntingly beautiful meditation on depression that is as likely to exasperate as many people as it moves."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"A severe and ecstatic work of art."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"The journey von Trier has taken to this one immaculate moment has been bold to say the least, but at long last, he has revealed his full ability, and the result is his masterwork."
‑ David Keyes,
"Melancholia is not about the end of the world, but the end of a feeling: happiness."
‑ Chase Whale, Gordon and the Whale
"Much more compelling than the narratively confused Tree of Life, and a welcome return to form for the mad Dane."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Melancholia floats in an air of supernatural malaise and tension, a melancholy mirrored in everything and everyone."
‑ Christine Champ,
"No moviemaker I know creates psychodramas so hard to watch and difficult to forget. If we esteem Sylvia Plath, Vincent van Gogh and Samuel Beckett, Von Trier deserves our attention, too."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It's the little moments that annihilate us, every day, every normal day. Days that don't end, days when the end of the world is a comfort that the sick like Justine cannot afford."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"You would think that material like this would make for a fascinating film, but unfortunately that doesn't end up being the case."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"While existence hangs in the balance in Melancholia, von Trier's fatalistic embrace of impending doom is starkly beautiful and strangely reassuring."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"Melancholia will haunt you for days, maybe weeks."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"It's a credit to the director's persistence of vision that he finds such eerie images to adorn this wispy tree of death. Like a newborn planet, "Melancholia" is magnetically beautiful, but it's also an unformed mass of hot air."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"A strong central performance from Kirsten Dunst, this is one of the best Lars von Trier films yet made."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"An extraordinarily ambitious exercise in nihilism."
‑ Erick Weber, NECN
"A lot of people will hate Melancholia for all the reasons it's not like other sci-fi films or traditional dramatic films - and others such as myself will love it for its difference."
‑ Blake Howard, 2UE That Movie Show
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