Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  1. One of the most intelligent, engaging, and gut-bustingly funny revelations to come along in a while.
  2. 75
    Suffused with a sophomoric sensibility that belies its more serious underpinnings.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    Has that rarest of qualities in movies that think of themselves as religious. I'm talking about the vision thing. And the ability to make morality entertaining.
  4. A scathing, scurrilous, sometimes silly but often searching comedy about the nature of faith in the 21st century.
  5. If you're an 11-year-old boy at heart, this is undoubtedly even better than the pile of dinosaur shit in Jurassic Park.
  6. 88
    If the film is less than perfect, it is because Smith is too much in love with his dialogue. Smith is a gifted comic writer who loves paradox, rhetoric and unexpected zingers from the blind side.
  7. 63
    Smith's strongest suit is writing dialogue that slips smart insights in between pop-culture references and raunchy language.
  8. Smith has fashioned a complex, contemporary Bible epic on his own terms. By turns crafty and clunky, pious and profane, it's clearly a labor of love.
  9. It's not every day you get to see a movie that begins in satire and ends in reverence, but then, for Kevin Smith, they may ultimately be the same thing.
  10. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    70
    Smith has crammed the film with enough genuinely funny moments and insightful bits to make it well worth seeing.
  11. 50
    A surprisingly adult exploration of religion refracted, as always, through (Smith's) insistently pop-culture kaleidoscope.
  12. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    40
    (Smith) seems out of his depth in this talky, rambling religious satire.
  13. 70
    A profession of faith, made with the confident disrespect of a true believer.
  14. A raucous, profane but surprisingly endearing piece of work.
  15. 63
    As funny as a lot of the film is, Dogma remains as frustratingly uneven as the rest of Smith's work.
  16. Reviewed by: Richard T. Jameson
    90
    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.
  17. A raunchy, irreverent, generally hilarious sendup of ritual and papal decree.
  18. Kevin Smith's attempt to combine sketchy low comedy with long-winded theological speculation results in a mostly unfunny and occasionally tedious mess.
  19. Reviewed by: Jeff Giles
    50
    As preposterous as the movie gets, it's clearly reveling in its own hokiness.
  20. It does commit a cardinal sin of filmmaking. It's boring.
  21. 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.
  22. 90
    The first commandment of Dogma: Thou shalt not stop laughing.
  23. 80
    Kevin Smith's comic-religious fantasy turns out to be the sweetest hot-potato movie imaginable.
  24. Mature, thoughtful and occasionally dazzling.
  25. 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.
  26. Smith has badly overextended his modest filmmaking gifts.
  27. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    60
    The first truly countercultural apocalypse fantasy.
  28. Smith makes a big, gutsy leap into questions of faith and religion. He miraculously emerges with his humor intact and his wings unsinged.
  29. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    80
    A tortured testament from a true believer.
  30. Frequently hilarious, often profound, and occasionally stupid.
  31. 60
    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.
  32. 63
    There is a keen intellect behind this devoutly defiant fable.
  33. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    40
    A very vulgar pro-faith comedy rather than a sacrilegious goof, Dogma is an extraordinarily uneven film.
  34. 30
    A tediously childish exhibition.
  35. 40
    For a while, the film is screamingly funny, but the further it goes, the more muddled the narrative becomes.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 142 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 29
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 29
  3. Negative: 4 out of 29
  1. 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 »
  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. Dec 31, 2012
    8
    A hilarious and stupid movie! I didnt think it was possible to make a 'religious' movie so funny! But it was a terrible story line in general.A hilarious and stupid movie! I didnt think it was possible to make a 'religious' movie so funny! But it was a terrible story line in general. Another great movie by Affleck and Silent Bob :P Full Review »