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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)
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: Richard Corliss
    50
    Von Trier has a tendency to go overboard in his denunciations of American violence (Dogville). By contrast, Dear Wendy is a cogent, comprehensive take on the land and the films that obsess him.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    It may sound like a Peter Pan spinoff, and Dear Wendy does involve lost boys in a stagey setting, but the film is closer to "A Clockwork Orange" than a tale of lasting youth.
  5. The protracted shoot-out at the end of Dear Wendy is even more pornographic than the moment when a female member of the Dandies exposes her breasts. The audience is clearly expected to enjoy the bloodbath even while it disapproves.
  6. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 2 out of 7

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