The Idiots (Idioterne) (Dogma 95)
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Lars von Trier wrote (in four days) and directed this Danish comedy-drama about a group of Copenhagen eccentrics who find a therapeutic release and confront apathy via unacceptable, idiotic behavior which they call "spazzing." Stoffer (Jens Albinus) is supposed to be selling his uncle's house but instead it becomes the focal point for geeky group activities. Restaurant patrons are disturbed by the group's mischief, but single diner Karen (Bodil Jorgensen) develops an appreciation of their antics. Stoffer, at his birthday party, wishes for a "gangbang," and both… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Idiots suggests that if Danish iconoclast Lars von Trier's filmsare getting tougher, they're also continuing to reward the patient."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"A raw, funny, maddening ramble."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"For all the Dogme-ordained restrictions to make the film feel "real," it ends up feeling more artificial."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Caustic, brutally funny, and more passionate than perhaps anything [Von Trier's] ever done."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"Raises intriguing questions, but most audiences will have the same response to von Trier's weird commune: Grow up already."
‑ Kevin Lally, Film Journal International
"Has nothing on its mind besides the squirming discomfort of its audience."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"The first Dogme film of enfant terrible Lars von Trier challenges viewers to reexamine their social mores and cinema habits of voyeurism and pleasure."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The least you can say for it is that's it's truly brazen."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"Von Trier has proven his self-proclamations of cinematic genius to be true."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"Just careens into the ridiculous, the creepy and the self-indulgent."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
"A tedious, pretentious bore."
‑ Jonathan Foreman, New York Post
"A worthy experiment."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Not bad for a dogme movie."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
"It's one thing to know in your own ego that you're an intrepid cinematic genius. It's quite another thing to be so cocky that you leave flubbed shots in your movie and call it art."
‑ Rob Blackwelder, SPLICEDWire
"Just plain stupid."
‑ , E! Online
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