Melancholia Synopsis
Two sisters have different ways of dealing with the threat of the approaching end of days.
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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...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A movie Lars von Trier's ecstatic magnum opus on the themes of depression, cataclysm, and the way the world might end.
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By Stephanie Zacharek
The actresses' performances intertwine beautifully, like twin climbing vines vying for the attention of the sun.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Melancholia review

By Trueno
This movie was just weird overall. It was kind of worth seeing in a way, but many parts were boring and drawn out. It was also unrealistic as the situation in which another planet, out of our solar...

Melancholia: 130 Minutes of Torment

By YoYo Mama
Of the 30 or so people in the theatre for this feast of ashes, half left by the midpoint. Others like myself remained to see if it could possibly get worse. It did. This vile and pointless movie is...

don't waste your time

By nealoy
this movie was awful. very slow and boring. didn't care about any of the characters. a very interesting premise ruined by an attempt to be overly dramatic and 'artsy'. People may tell you what a...

Strangely Beautiful

By bittersweetness
Not your typical movie. But I think that's why I enjoyed it. The beginning has a lot to take in but as the movie goes on the story unravels. Even though it feels like things move along slowly it does...

Somewhere in the middle of so-so & go

By The Schmooze
I watched this movie at home, before it made the box office. I love strange stories, but this one was a bit uncomfortable. The acting saved the movie, but it was beyond slow. Go see for yourself,...

Great movie!!

By mish_anderson
The only thing I did not like about this move is that there are only 2 movie theatres in NYC playing this movie. I choose to go to the Angelica. As much as I love sitting in the 1st row looking...

Terrible cinematography!

By criterion123
This could have been a beautiful film. But the the camera was all over the place. Terrible and not worth getting physically sick over seeing. Got my money back after 45 mins! JUNK!...

I give Tiers credit for suspense and a clever story of doom.

By Nacho Baggo
He is super at fueling suspense by giving the audience the ending in the first 2 minutes. We then march to the doom of coliding worlds at a pace that is forced onto us. Like an orbit we can't stop...


By amonroe999
I am still trying to comprehend just what exactly was the purpose of this film. The best I can come up with is how people react differently to a civilization-ending situation. That being said, I am...

Beautiful yet Boring in all its Un-Glory

By ska-triumph
This has got to be one of Von Trier's tamest, and frankly lamest, films in his oevure. It's hard enough to keep the mounting end-of-the-world tension high AFTER the film already wows you with the...

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Rated R | For Some graphic nudity, sexual content and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Emotionally brutal end-of-the-world drama.
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