Nymphomaniac: Volume I
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Nymphomaniac is convincing as a work of philosophical seriousness."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"Lars von Trier is funny. Who knew? That's certainly the most startling revelation to come from Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 ."
‑ Christy Lemire, ChristyLemire.com
"It's either one of the worst pornos ever made or one of Von Trier's best films."
‑ Rob Thomas, Madison Movie
"Nymphomaniac is brave, thought-provoking filmmaking from a genuine auteur."
‑ Chris Tilly, IGN Movies
"I used to be able to count on Lars von Trier to deliver my necessary doses of nihilism, but no more."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
""Nymphomaniac: Vol I" is crazy. It's funny, it's lewd, it's disturbing, it's odd, it's extremely graphic, it's brutal. And if you can handle all that, it's pretty good."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"A pornographic work of art-obsessive, repetitive, at times remarkably eccentric, but never simple-minded or dull."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
""How awful that everything has to be so trivial," Joe says. Maybe life has to be trivial, but movies don't, unless you're a certain Danish director who wants to force his psychosis on the viewing public."
‑ Cameron Meier, Orlando Weekly
"Nymphomaniac Vol. I strips sex of its romance and its intimacy and overloads the act with nothing but pure lust."
‑ Chris Sawin, Examiner.com
"As pretentious and provocative as he is personally invested, von Trier remains an attention-seeking eccentric who might be seeking a kind of agonized attempt at atonement. Or maybe he's once again laughing derisively at his audience and critics."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Without an explanation for the protagonist's physical and emotional injuries, it's a head-scratcher. As with Joe's sexual compulsion, scratching can't cure the itch."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The most shocking thing about the film is that it often prompts laughs."
‑ Bob Mondello, NPR
"The penultimate chapter with Slater is where the film shifts from comedy to tragedy, and von Trier somewhat salvages our emotional interest in Joe, though it does feel like too little too late."
‑ Beth Hanna, Thompson on Hollywood
"Joe uses her sexuality to control men. The question is whether her sexuality controls her."
‑ Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive
"I freely confess to having been ravished by Volume I."
‑ Stuart Klawans, The Nation
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