Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
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  1. My only reason to recommend this movie is that there's nothing quite like it.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    Aside from Bjork's astonishing performance, it's a grim tragedy that's deliberately drab and exceedingly painful to watch.
  3. If it weren't for a terrific central performance by the Icelandic pop singer Bjork, Dancer in the Dark would be all but unwatchable.
  4. A movie that by turns is wincingly awful and heartbreakingly fine. It boasts an unforgettable performance by Björk.
  5. Like a naive modernist hymn made by someone who doesn't, deep down, believe in hymns.
  6. What is meant to be an innovative, cutting-edge musical melodrama is so jumbled, irrational and amateurish that it makes dinner theater look like the Old Vic.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    This is the kind of movie that has always polarized serious film folk, while the public usually elects to stay home and prune shrubs.
  8. Both stupefyingly bad and utterly overpowering; it can elicit, sometimes within a single scene, a gasp of rapture and a spasm of revulsion.
  9. Fairly incompetent as a musical and rather silly as a drama.
  10. 40
    Lars von Trier is a mechanic, not an artist. And his movies are meat grinders he feeds his characters through.
  11. 40
    Two-and-a-half hour slice of unmitigated depression.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 148 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 49
  2. Negative: 3 out of 49
  1. Dec 20, 2010
    10
    Dancer in the Dark is one of my favourite films ever. I cannot help but cry every time I watch it. The excellent performance by BjorkDancer in the Dark is one of my favourite films ever. I cannot help but cry every time I watch it. The excellent performance by Bjork (surprisingly excellent, might I add) and the genius direction of Lars von Trier work perfectly to make one of the best films that have graced the film screen. Intensely disturbing, yet intensely gratifying and rewarding. Full Review »
  2. Oct 2, 2013
    10
    This movie is utterly depressing, but you can't help feeling its wonder of the musical. It's very inventive and compelling. Yet, the story isThis movie is utterly depressing, but you can't help feeling its wonder of the musical. It's very inventive and compelling. Yet, the story is making us frustrated. It is very unique in its own way. See it, and i dare you not to cry at the end! Full Review »
  3. Aug 27, 2010
    2
    A movie that will tear your heart apart - that is if you don't tear your eyes out first. It's too bad, because Björk showed soA movie that will tear your heart apart - that is if you don't tear your eyes out first. It's too bad, because Björk showed so much promise as an actress in the beginning - but by the end her performance just relies on viewer sympathy and nothing else. To give it some credit, the musical sequences are very well done on their own, but they have no stylistic place in this movie Full Review »