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  • Summary: Focusing on a group of young people in a poverty-stricken coal mining town somewhere in the American south-east, Dear Wendy is an audacious and stylish exploration of guns and violence in America. (Wellspring Media)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 25
  2. Negative: 11 out of 25
  1. 75
    A satirical blast at America's gun culture. But it's so entertaining that even a die-hard NRA member might be impressed.
  2. Reviewed by: James Greenberg
    60
    Part parable, part wild west shoot-out, yet totally original, Dear Wendy is a powerful indictment of American gun culture.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Posner
    50
    One part satire, two parts allegory, and several parts dreary sermon on the pernicious effects of America's gun culture.
  4. 50
    Starts out as an inspired test case for the continued necessity of the Second Amendment, and only near the end does it lose some of its tightly concentrated focus.
  5. 30
    It's not merely that Dear Wendy was shot on Danish and German locations that don't look quite right; it's that almost every decision made by the production designers is wrong, or at least discordant.
  6. 30
    Especially in the climactic, clumsily staged gunfight, the prevailing mode is wide-eyed idiocy--which might be the point, since von Trier's satirical target is the hypocrisy of (news flash!) America's eagerness to enforce stability and security with all guns blazing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Tracy
    Sep 23, 2005
    9
    Ignore the critics. A well-made and original film that locates the humanity in the gun culture without ever letting us of the hook for Ignore the critics. A well-made and original film that locates the humanity in the gun culture without ever letting us of the hook for starting more trouble than we solve by letting the fear fixate us on "protection". It is a fable, in the sense that it takes place in a contained universe with it's own rules, but that universe is pretty recognizable to anyone who grew up in a small town. Van Trier may be a foreigner, but he gets the fears and hurts and myths that we grapple with, and how they can play out in a kind of societal madness that leads to classical tragedy. Highly recommended. Expand
  2. AndyW.
    Mar 15, 2006
    9
    Although I often look to the critics for their opinion of a film in this case they are seriously incorrect in their evaluation of Dear Wendy. Although I often look to the critics for their opinion of a film in this case they are seriously incorrect in their evaluation of Dear Wendy. This is a brilliant satire written by Lars Von Trier who examines how idealism can go wrong. Vinterberg again demonstrates his under-used directing ability and crafts a film that matches the quality of The Celebration. Make your own decision and see this movie. Expand
  3. Len
    Sep 25, 2005
    9
    This film creates its own compelling world, where inital goofy comedy hurtles toward a tragedy that seems both futile and inevitable. This film creates its own compelling world, where inital goofy comedy hurtles toward a tragedy that seems both futile and inevitable. Stylized and thought-provoking, obvious and oblique. See it and decide for yourself. Expand
  4. matthewl.
    Sep 28, 2005
    9
    This movie is very interesting. The imaginative world that these guys create is just as real as the imaginary world that NRA types create for This movie is very interesting. The imaginative world that these guys create is just as real as the imaginary world that NRA types create for themselves, but much funner. The end invalidates any negative feelings toward the rest of the film. Expand
  5. LisaA.
    Oct 14, 2005
    9
    I have to strongly disagree with many of the film critics - I saw this film at the Toronto Film Fest and thought it was absolutely great! I have to strongly disagree with many of the film critics - I saw this film at the Toronto Film Fest and thought it was absolutely great! Please ignore the critics and see it. Expand
  6. PekkaP.
    Sep 29, 2005
    3
    Horrible. What's wrong with Trier these days. Sad, sad.
  7. KimW.
    Sep 30, 2005
    2
    As a Dane I'm ashamed of and embarrassed about Van Trier's latest films. His critic of a country he's never even visited is to As a Dane I'm ashamed of and embarrassed about Van Trier's latest films. His critic of a country he's never even visited is to me unfathomable. I believe there's a word for it - ignorance. Expand

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