83

indieWIRE

At its best, the film doesn't strain for meaning but instead treats all of its intellectualizing as a lark that can be taken seriously but doesn't need to be.
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83

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
At its best, the film doesn't strain for meaning but instead treats all of its intellectualizing as a lark that can be taken seriously but doesn't need to be.
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80

The Telegraph

By Tim Robey
The point is that you could watch these films for four hours, then spend 14 arguing about them – about whether sex, for vor Trier, is an eternal human mystery, or a cosmic joke at our expense.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Volume two gets down in ways the first half doesn't, although anything resembling real sensuality remains MIA.
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80

Time Out London

By Dave Calhoun
We’re never far from Von Trier, and both Skarsgård and Gainsbourg appear to offer different versions of the author himself.
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80

The Guardian

By Xan Brooks
It is so laden with highly charged set pieces, so dappled with haunting ideas and bold flights of fancy that it finally achieves a kind of slow-burn transcendence.
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80

Variety

By Peter Debruge
It’s one thing to declare sex a fact of life and insist that audiences confront their unease at seeing it depicted (or, equally constructive, their intense excitation at its mere mention), but quite another to fashion a fictional woman’s life around nothing but sex. As courageously depicted by Gainsbourg, Jo is ultimately a tragic character.
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80

The Dissolve

By Noel Murray
With thoughtfulness and passion, von Trier strives to give his audience a high, accompanied by the meaning of the high.
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
A clear case of a narrative running out of steam. Exhaustingly repetitive, this movie attempts many of the same things its predecessor did but with less succes.
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38

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
For all of von Trier’s attempts to go big and go bold, the two Nymphomaniac films ultimately come across as a self-indulgent marathon run on a treadmill.
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60 out of 100
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