• Released
  • May 30, 1998
  • 1 hr 55 min
  • Satire
    Comedy Drama
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The Idiots Synopsis
Young intellectuals act out with crazy antics in their quest for anarchy.
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80

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
With shocking humor and surprising grace, Von Trier creates something unique and memorable.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
Fascinating, obnoxious and poignant.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A highly calculated act of mischief that sounds like a stunt cooked up for Howard Stern's radio show.
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72

Mr. Showbiz

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Shot on location, handheld camera, available light, no props, no music, no filters, etc. We may wonder, "What are we doing here?" But we...
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63

Baltimore Sun

By Ann Hornaday
Von Trier has assembled a fearless troupe of gifted actors - especially Jorgensen - to explore the outer reaches of human cruelty and...
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63

San Francisco Examiner

By Wesley Morris
Demonstrates that sadomasochistic streak in von Trier that equates the raw with the experimental.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
It's interesting - in its own let-it-all-hang-out, shaky-camera way.
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60

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
It's overtly about provocation, set in a tony Danish suburb where a group of men and women living commune-style in an empty house are...
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50

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Von Trier's The Idiots is both lively and juvenile.
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25

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Tries to be daring and iconoclastic but winds up seeming as spoiled and childish as its main characters.
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For Strong Sexual Content and Coarse Language