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7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 103 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 85 out of 103
  2. Negative: 12 out of 103

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  1. Dec 6, 2014
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    Don't get me wrong, I like movies about sex (lust caution, skins televisions, lolita). I'm not a prude by any standard. I like low budget creative movies (memento, millers crossing, etc); groundbreaking and breath taking. I like movies about FISHING (river runs through it). A movie with these characteristics can still be so repulsive.

    The movie is a pretentious artistic porno in
    Don't get me wrong, I like movies about sex (lust caution, skins televisions, lolita). I'm not a prude by any standard. I like low budget creative movies (memento, millers crossing, etc); groundbreaking and breath taking. I like movies about FISHING (river runs through it). A movie with these characteristics can still be so repulsive.

    The movie is a pretentious artistic porno in the worst way. An old man makes a movie about a young nympho girl, it’s worst than you’d expect. Absurd fly fishing metaphors oddly inserted throughout the narrative. Self indulgent crap fetish. All the characters ring false, unconvincing, crap dialogue, robotic. The artistic editing is awful, and it doesn't have any place with in this movie. The opening is 90sec of black screen silence, then followed by a another 90seconds of rain pattering on roof tops. There is a reason it's 5hours long. It's like an art school's student's first movie. that should be edited to 10min max.

    The only hook in the movie is the audacity of sex = porno. remove the sex, and it’s obvious the characters plot are boring and trite. Young kids experimenting with sex and relationships with zero emotion. The removed all the intense lust, pain, anguish, love, impulsiveness and passion; a young person’s complex social hierarchy and how sex changes it..

    It does so much disservice to it’s topic, which has the potential to be fascinating. I’ve love to see a movie about a sex obsessed young woman, that wasn’t so damn awful.
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  2. Sep 28, 2014
    0
    I was completely prepared to rip this movie a new hole ala my lambasting of "Blue is the warmest color," (see my review for that film) "Nymphomaniac" being the latest entry in the same type of European dogma-style attempt to make a artistically valid pornographic movie but the movie (Nymphomaniac) was so beyond the pale of bad I can't summon anything even critical to say about it. ItI was completely prepared to rip this movie a new hole ala my lambasting of "Blue is the warmest color," (see my review for that film) "Nymphomaniac" being the latest entry in the same type of European dogma-style attempt to make a artistically valid pornographic movie but the movie (Nymphomaniac) was so beyond the pale of bad I can't summon anything even critical to say about it. It really is so bad it doesn't even deserve a juvenile thrashing. Thoughts of any sort are difficult to formulate around this film. It almost makes that travesty "Blue is the warmest color" look like competent film making.
    I will say this though: critics of Blue often accused the director of that film, Abdellatif Kechiche of making a movie about a lesbian relationship while having no knowledge of lesbian sex. After watching Nymphomaniac Lars Von Trier appears to have no knowledge of heterosexual sex.
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  3. May 10, 2014
    1
    Un simple film pornographique du style Emmanuelle dont le but est de provoqué/déranger comme tout les film de ce réalisateur .
    Les "vrai" acteurs étant doublé par des acteurs pornographique pour les tres nombreuses scenes de sexes , autant allé voir directement un vrai film pornographique .
    Notons au passage , que les enfants de Charlotte Gainsbourg on été insulté/chahuté par leur
    Un simple film pornographique du style Emmanuelle dont le but est de provoqué/déranger comme tout les film de ce réalisateur .
    Les "vrai" acteurs étant doublé par des acteurs pornographique pour les tres nombreuses scenes de sexes , autant allé voir directement un vrai film pornographique .
    Notons au passage , que les enfants de Charlotte Gainsbourg on été insulté/chahuté par leur camarade d'école et traumatisé à la sortie de ce film ....
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Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 41
  2. Negative: 6 out of 41
  1. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Apr 4, 2014
    60
    Vol. 1 functions reasonably well as a standalone film in its own right, playing out like a dose of mass therapy, an interesting, Von Trier-led sexploration of humankind's conflicted approach to sex: We love it, but we also fear it and are often thoroughly ashamed of it.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Apr 3, 2014
    63
    Presented as a stand-alone film, but without an explanation for the protagonist’s physical and emotional injuries, it’s a head-scratcher. As with Joe’s sexual compulsion, scratching can’t cure the itch.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Mar 26, 2014
    78
    The filmmaker brings neither condescension nor moral outrage here. A father confessor to his benighted characters, von Trier may revel in the muck, but Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 is anything but a dirty movie.