• Released
  • November 11, 2011
  • (Limited 11/11)
  • R , 2 hr 10 min
  • Drama
  • 175 Fan Ratings
100

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Leave it to von Trier to conceive an intergalactic sci-fi metaphor for a psychological disorder – and then make it work so astonishingly well.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A movie masterpiece...is Lars von Trier's ecstatic magnum opus on the themes of depression, cataclysm, and the way the world might end.
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95

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
The actresses' performances intertwine beautifully, like twin climbing vines vying for the attention of the sun.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Its true subject is melancholia as a spiritual state, a destroyer of happiness that emerges from its hiding place behind the sun, just like the menacing planet, then holds the heroine, Justine, in its unyielding grip and gives Ms. Dunst the unlikely occasion for a dazzling performance.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Melancholia is a remarkable mood piece with visuals to die for (excuse the pun), and a performance from Dunst that runs the color spectrum of emotions.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Von Trier draws us inexorably into the web of these characters. He loses us in a dream of his own devising. That's filmmaking. Now if he'd only learn to shut up at press conferences.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Lars von Trier's end-of-days drama Melancholia feels as if it's something from another world...but even by his standards this remote yet lovely funereal dirge is in its own orbit.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
If only Lars von Trier took into account that audiences might actually want to enjoy Melancholia, rather than endure it, or sift through it, or submit to the director's will, he might have made something extraordinary.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Watching Melancholia is like being stuck next to a brilliant depressive at a dinner party. The food is exquisite, the conversation scintillating, and the longer you sit there the more trapped you feel in another man's all-encompassing gloom.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Nearly everyone in this film is unlikeable, their actions inexplicable. And the pace is so lugubrious that it's hard not to succumb to Justine's glum mood.
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80 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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