Melancholia (2011)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 13, 2012
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Melancholia's dramatic tricks are more obvious than they should be, but this is otherwise a showcase for Kirsten Dunst's acting and for Lars von Trier's profound, visceral vision of depression and destruction.

Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

"Melancholia" is a hauntingly beautiful meditation on depression that is as likely to exasperate as many people as it moves.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

A severe and ecstatic work of art.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

Though far from Mr. von Trier's best, its power is still undeniable.

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Christine Champ

Melancholia floats in an air of supernatural malaise and tension, a melancholy mirrored in everything and everyone.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

This is the greatest movie ever made about depression, full stop.

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Rafer Guzman

Melancholia will haunt you for days, maybe weeks.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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.

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David Keyes

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Lars von Trier continues to move through the realm of desolation after Antichrist with this profoundly sad film that shows how different people react in the… More
Wildaly M
I'm not sure what to really think about this. I suppose I give it a low rating because it failed to make a deep impression on me. It left me a bit confused… More
Dan Schultz
A sprawling, if flawed, story concerning a woman (Kirsten Dunst) and her self-destruction at her own wedding, coupled with the seemingly imminent threat that a… More
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Science fiction by its very nature is taking a scientific theory, extrapolating it into a fictional conceit and examining its impact on society and the human… More
Samuel Riley
The second instalment in Von Trier's Depression Trilogy is a real highpoint as the provocative director presents audiences with one of his true… More
Chris Weber
Although this is the first film of his I've actually sat down to watch, I am familiar with Lars von Trier and what he does. What we get here is an… More

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