Manderlay Synopsis
In 1933, a young woman discovers an Alabama plantation on which slavery still exists.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Manderlay is turgid and hollow.
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Rated NR