Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip (1999)

This film adaptation of Michael Lesy's 1973 book takes a look at the sordid and disturbing underside of life in a small Wisconsin community in the 1890s. In the early 1970s, Lesy discovered a large collection of curious photographs from… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 24, 2004
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

Marsh's film alludes to the poor economy of the former mining town but has little else to say about potential causes or motivation. Marsh just piles the events on, as if there's black humor in their sheer volume. Nope, just a big boring pile.

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

Chillingly beautiful cinematography makes the state's landscapes appear timeless as it sets the stage for a grim history.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Crisply photographed in black and white by cinematographer Eigil Bryld and extremely violent, it's the hellish flip-side to Little House on the Prairie.

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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post

The main problem with Wisconsin Death Trip is the way the format distances you from the subject matter, so that stories may shock, but they never move you.

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Dennis Harvey
Variety

Those who pine for the presumed simpler life and upright morals of yesteryear's small-town Midwest have a rude, albeit wry, awakening in store with Wisconsin Death Trip.

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Jonathan Romney
Guardian

Wisconsin Death Trip is always lyrical, sometimes blackly farcical, and sometimes terrifying, as it reveals the romanticised American frontier's true desperation.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

Wisconsin Death Trip chronicles, in bleakly funny vignettes, the marathon of perverse, violent, and frequently inexplicable acts of violence and insanity that gripped the seemingly cursed Wisconsin town of Black River Falls during the late 19th century.

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Time Out

What emerges is primal American Gothic: a blighted pathos which is also irrepressibly, grotesquely funny.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Required viewing for anyone who thinks the modern media created the social ills that accost us so frequently today.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
I found it a bit dull really, it?s certainly not the best doc I?ve ever seen but the stories are good. A film version or even a TV series would have been… More