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Antichrist

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Denmark, Germany, France

2009

1h 48m

Director Lars von Trier

Starring Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

Genre Drama, Horror, Thriller

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After their toddler tragically dies after falling out of a window, a grieving couple retreats to their cabin 'Eden' in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.

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An absolutely grueling watch, just when Lars Von Trier makes it seem like there's hope for these characters to escape their neurosis, he douses your retinas with another pot of boiling profanity. Too artistic to be called "bad," yet perhaps too embroiled in the base to be deemed "good," this film is sure to make even the most desensitized viewers deeply unsettled. Proceed with caution.

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WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

10

Film Threat by

If only von Trier could work beyond the poster art concept. Antichrist stubbornly fails as a gothic nightmare and meanders as a misanthropic two-character drama.
40

Village Voice by J. Hoberman

Antichrist, which, above all, wants to make pain visceral, is less successful at projecting authentic experience--the shock tactics are ultimately numbing.
63

ReelViews by James Berardinelli

Bottom line: Do I recommend Antichrist? Tough to do, but tough not to. For those who are intrigued by the controversy, it may be worth the sacrifice, if only so you can evaluate it from a position of knowledge.
20

Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

The new movie is a joke, a toxic cocktail of banal psychobabble, laughably arty slo-mo flourishes and unmotivated sexual violence that only brain-in-jar types could take as a serious statement.
80

Empire by Kim Newman

A star rating is not much help, since von Trier’s self-conscious arrogance is calculated to split audiences into extremist factions, but Antichrist delivers enough beauty, terror and wonder to qualify as the strangest and most original horror movie of the year.
50

Entertainment Weekly by Owen Gleiberman

The trouble is, it's all too exhibitionistic to ring true. The impotent folly of Antichrist is that von Trier has made it his mission to shock the bourgeoisie in an era when they can no longer be shocked.
50

Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

Depending on your reaction to the cinematic outrages perpetrated by Danish director Lars von Trier (remember Dogville?), you might want to add or subtract two stars from the halfway (half-assed?) rating I just gave Antichrist.
30

Variety by Todd McCarthy

Lars von Trier cuts a big fat art-film fart with Antichrist. As if deliberately courting critical abuse, the Danish bad boy densely packs this theological-psychological horror opus with grotesque, self-consciously provocative images.

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