75

Premiere

By Glenn Kenny
Anybody can make a movie that's anti-slavery. But to make a movie that's explicitly anti-democracy-that's something.
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75

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
One of the best things about real Americans is that we can stand criticism. Informed or idiotic, scholarly or superficial, it's all welcome.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
The acting has the bravura stage eloquence of Broadway Shakespeare and the movie is narrated, beautifully, by John Hurt.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
I wouldn't go so far as to claim Manderlay is fun to watch. Von Trier, who can made compulsively watchable films ("Breaking the Waves"), has found a style that will alienate most audiences. Maybe it's necessary.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Howard struggles with the role Kidman nailed. And the graphic nude scene in which "proudy slave" Timothy (Isaach De Bankole) puts a towel over Grace's head before ravishing her pale body is as rugged on the audience as it is on the actors.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Spike Lee has been treading similar terrain with both greater cogency and fewer similarities to Bertolt Brecht. Manderlay, though, is mad and perplexed in its own inscrutable, schematic way. The trouble is the angrier it gets, the more infuriatingly banal it becomes.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Nothing von Trier presents here, whether real or imagined, is fresh or new.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The film is obvious, weak and scattered and seems more like a practical joke than a work of genuine passion. It is without exaggeration one of the most blindingly boring films I've seen in years.
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0

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Hate is too strong an emotion to spend on such a clumsy, bloodless broadside against human foibles in general and American follies in particular.
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0

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Manderlay is turgid and hollow.
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46 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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