|Lions Gate Films | Release Date: November 12, 1999||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
The first commandment of Dogma: Thou shalt not stop laughing.
One of those special movies whose freshness and vitality are so bounteously infectious, your humble reviewer wishes everyone had the pleasure of discovering it brand-new and undescribed.
A tortured testament from a true believer.
Frequently hilarious, often profound, and occasionally stupid.
Suffused with a sophomoric sensibility that belies its more serious underpinnings.
Dogma' is Kevin Smith's fourth film and it looks like his first but I'm not ready to quit him -- there's a landmark in him. I just wish the crafty, raucous Dogma was it.
As funny as a lot of the film is, Dogma remains as frustratingly uneven as the rest of Smith's work.
It does commit a cardinal sin of filmmaking. It's boring.
Kevin Smith's attempt to combine sketchy low comedy with long-winded theological speculation results in a mostly unfunny and occasionally tedious mess.
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.
As preposterous as the movie gets, it's clearly reveling in its own hokiness.
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