The Element of Crime
The Element of Crime (1984)

A detective plagued by headaches goes to a hypnotist and relives his investigation into a serial killer case in Lars von Trier's first feature, The Element of Crime. Fisher (Michael Elphick), a retired policeman, returns to Europe at… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 19, 2000
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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

Nearly incomprehensible but stylistically dazzling

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

an utterly mesmerizing and completely disjointed crime thriller that is more about tone and style than it is about its fragmented narrative

Nick Davis
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More than diverting, with entrancing production design, but not as fully realized as later Von Trier.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

That old predicament of too much style, not enough substance.

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Dennis Schwartz
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A cinephile's delight.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...a fascinating yet strangely unsatisfying film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
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Anthony Lawrie
An astonishing debut from Von Trier. There are a few obvious influences here but nothing compered to the amount of films and directors who have obviously been… More
Veronique Kwak
i confess the only reason i have owned this dvd was because my good friend is a big fan of lars von trier, whose "dogville" was practically his only… More
Eric Broome
I have seen and enjoyed all sorts of "difficult" films (check some of the other titles I've rated), but If "The Element of Crime" had… More
Drew Smith
Whoo, what a slog. I love that Lars von Trier has the potential to make such challenging work, and I found The Element of Crime to be wholly compelling, but its… More
Cameron Johnson
They probably should have just been honest and called this "Blade Runner 2", because I'm thinking that this film is supposed to be about the… More