Nymphomaniac: Volume I
Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014)

NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME I is the story of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who is discovered badly beaten in an alley by an older bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), who takes her into his home. As he tends to her… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 21, 2014
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Darkly funny, fearlessly bold, and thoroughly indulgent, Nymphomaniac finds Lars von Trier provoking viewers with customary abandon.

Wesley Morris

Nymphomaniac is convincing as a work of philosophical seriousness.

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Christy Lemire

Lars von Trier is funny. Who knew? That's certainly the most startling revelation to come from Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 .

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J. Hoberman
The New York Review of Books

The fun is paid for with interest in the movie's second half by the debasing sexual escapades endured by the more mature and less conventionally appealing Gainsbourg.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

"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.

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David Denby
New Yorker

A pornographic work of art-obsessive, repetitive, at times remarkably eccentric, but never simple-minded or dull.

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Hayden Manders

Nymphomaniac is so much more than sex, though. It's a wonderfully realized (albeit a little crazed) narrative exploring the extremities of human sexuality, connection, and, for lack of a better word, feelings.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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.

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Bob Mondello

The most shocking thing about the film is that it often prompts laughs.

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Jason Bailey

Less a disciplined, focused motion picture than an all-you-can-eat buffet where the director overloads his plate, and encourages his audience to do the same.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A complex and fascinating character study with an always absorbing structure that connects many episodes of the character's life in a fluid narrative,… More
Spencer S.
If you can only see one half of the Lars von Trier two part film "Nymphomaniac" than please let it be this one. The film is narrated by Charlotte… More
Lucas Martins
Probably the best film of decade until now. Lars Von Trier's bold great film with dark humour, fantastic direction, screenplay, editon, soundtrack and… More
Samuel Riley
Von Trier returns with his latest feature with provoking intentions. This time we are presented with a blue movie which doesn't follow the same rules. Even… More
KJ Proulx
"Nymphomaniac: Volume 1" is not for everyone, in fact, I am shocked some of the material explored throughout this film even passed the MPAA during… More
William Dunmyer
A dreadful bore.