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  • Summary: The second installment in Lar Von Trier's United States trilogy, Manderlay centers on a plantation in 1933 Alabama.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 29
  2. Negative: 9 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Unstintingly raw and cynical, this disconcerting and deeply affecting State Of The Union treatise regularly comes dangerously close to caricature.
  2. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Anybody can make a movie that's anti-slavery. But to make a movie that's explicitly anti-democracy-that's something.
  3. 70
    It's true, of course, that Trier still hasn't set foot on U.S. soil, but it may be that he sees us, in all our virtue and victimhood, that much more clearly for it.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Ferraro
    If you hated "Dogville" because of the overage of narration or the length of time it took to finally get to a point, you'll be pleased to know that von Trier has lessened both those elements. With that said, it still has some of the same flaws.
  5. Reviewed by: Josh Kun
    Trier gets lost in his own rhetoric, forgetting to entertain his flock while raking them over the coals.
  6. 38
    Plagued by moralizing so strident and a style so artificial that the story never has a chance to speak to an audience.
  7. Hate is too strong an emotion to spend on such a clumsy, bloodless broadside against human foibles in general and American follies in particular.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 4 out of 19
  1. Nov 13, 2011
    When I was kid I saw Lars von Trier's movie Europa and was immediately enthralled by its tragic beauty.Many years have passed since then and now I have to say-Manderlay is probably the worst movie I've ever seen. Expand

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