Nymphomaniac: Volume I
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""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
"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)
"Aside from the outrageous format, this film offers several powerful performances and sheds light on a subject that needs it."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, It's Just Movies
"Dedicated cinephiles who feel an obligation to see what von Trier has wrought are unlikely to reach consensus on whether he is an exploitative provocateur or crusading pamphleteer."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"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
"I freely confess to having been ravished by Volume I."
‑ Stuart Klawans, The Nation
"Blistering, honest, angry and full of confronting ideas this epic sexual odyssey...from Lars von Trier again proves that he is a much more intelligent, thoughtful and genuinely controversial filmmaker than his roguish public image would otherwise suggest."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"Perhaps the most surprising thing about Lars von Trier is that he still can surprise us."
‑ Rick Kisonak, Film Threat
"Lars von Trier is funny. Who knew? That's certainly the most startling revelation to come from Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 ."
‑ Christy Lemire, ChristyLemire.com
"Think of Nymphomaniac Vol. 1 as the first half of a longer tale which, if von Trier has taught us anything, will grow infinitely darker and more harrowing."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Nymphomaniac's clunkiness and desperation to shock could be forgiven if it wasn't so uniformly dull. With a talent such as Lars, it really is unforgivable."
‑ Rachel Bowles, The Skinny
"If 'provocauteur' isn't a word, it ought to be, at least in reference to von Trier..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Martin and Gainsbourg are both gentle yet unyielding presences, and Skarsgård offers weary tenderness and many dashes of battiness. It's an essay film, really, with very funny moments."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
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