|Lions Gate Films | Release Date: November 12, 1999||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Suffused with a sophomoric sensibility that belies its more serious underpinnings.
As funny as a lot of the film is, Dogma remains as frustratingly uneven as the rest of Smith's work.
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.
Kevin Smith's attempt to combine sketchy low comedy with long-winded theological speculation results in a mostly unfunny and occasionally tedious mess.
As preposterous as the movie gets, it's clearly reveling in its own hokiness.
It does commit a cardinal sin of filmmaking. It's boring.
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.
The first commandment of Dogma: Thou shalt not stop laughing.
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.
A tortured testament from a true believer.
Frequently hilarious, often profound, and occasionally stupid.
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