Dogma

Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    60
    The first truly countercultural apocalypse fantasy.
  2. Say what you will about (Smith's) sense of humor, genuine faith is rare enough in popular culture to make any sighting worthy of note.
  3. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    58
    Dotted with real laughs and held together by some solid acting, but it's built of a fairly flaccid narrative and some really amateurish sequences.
  4. 50
    A surprisingly adult exploration of religion refracted, as always, through (Smith's) insistently pop-culture kaleidoscope.
  5. Newsweek
    Reviewed by: Jeff Giles
    50
    As preposterous as the movie gets, it's clearly reveling in its own hokiness.
  6. Smith has badly overextended his modest filmmaking gifts.
  7. 40
    For a while, the film is screamingly funny, but the further it goes, the more muddled the narrative becomes.
  8. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    40
    (Smith) seems out of his depth in this talky, rambling religious satire.
  9. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    40
    A very vulgar pro-faith comedy rather than a sacrilegious goof, Dogma is an extraordinarily uneven film.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 264 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 30
  2. Negative: 4 out of 30
  1. Sep 7, 2011
    10
    My third favorite movie of all time. It's a refreshingly intelligent comedy that makes fun of religion without any atheistic agenda. I'm aMy third favorite movie of all time. It's a refreshingly intelligent comedy that makes fun of religion without any atheistic agenda. I'm a Christian, and I didn't find this movie offensive at all (which actually suprised me). If your a Catholic on the other hand...watch with caution. Full Review »
  2. Sep 14, 2014
    10
    One of the most entertaining / humorous films ever made. It is a shame that this movie is nearly unknown. It has an interesting and funny takeOne of the most entertaining / humorous films ever made. It is a shame that this movie is nearly unknown. It has an interesting and funny take on religion but it stays also true to religious teachings. The cast is perfect, all actors did a great job. The plot is the most entertaining material I have seen in years. Bonus: Jay and Silent Bob are in the movie. So the entertainment and laughing is guaranteed. For all religious people that will complain: I am a christian! But I don't believe in hate and hatemonger / preachers of hate. Full Review »
  3. Mar 24, 2014
    7
    Often witty, interesting and occasionally insightful I think this film is rather underrated. Its a unique and original way of looking atOften witty, interesting and occasionally insightful I think this film is rather underrated. Its a unique and original way of looking at mythology and religion, and the characters are (for the most part) well thought out and written. There are perhaps a few too many pointless and dumb jokes, for example the excremental, and the end left me feeling just a little unfulfilled but none the less it is definitely worth watching. The acting is excellent, the best I've ever seen from Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Alan Rickman plays his part amazingly and in fact from all these actors we see brilliant performances and even a few surprisingly moving moments. This reveals that perhaps film had more potential, and I think with a few edits it could have been a real master piece. Overall a great film falling just a little off its potential, but still with many fantastic moments. Well worth watching. Full Review »