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  • Summary: Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, is discovered badly beaten in an alley by an older bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), who takes her into his home. As he tends to her wounds, she recounts the erotic story of her adolescence and young-adulthood (portrayed inJoe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, is discovered badly beaten in an alley by an older bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), who takes her into his home. As he tends to her wounds, she recounts the erotic story of her adolescence and young-adulthood (portrayed in flashback by Stacy Martin). [Magnolia Pictures] Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 41
  2. Negative: 6 out of 41
  1. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Mar 21, 2014
    88
    The best part of Lars von Trier's fascinating, engaging and often didactic Nymphomaniac is that, despite the sometimes-grim tone and bleak color palate, it's an extremely funny film, playful, even.
  2. Reviewed by: Kate Stables
    Feb 18, 2014
    80
    With explicit sex and penetrating philosophy, this erotic odyssey requires close attention and an open mind.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Mar 20, 2014
    80
    It provides, perhaps like the experiences of love and sex, a shifting variety of insights, emotions, unexpected lightness and moments of visceral shock.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Mar 20, 2014
    75
    I refuse to render a final verdict on the latest cinematic outrage from Danish provocateur Lars Von Trier until Volume Two drops its undies on April 18th. But I will say this for Volume One: It's a mesmerizing mind game.
  5. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Mar 20, 2014
    70
    You’re unlikely to turn away. The problem with aesthetic shocks is that their power can drain off and their original effects become harder to replicate, so we’ll just have to see what happens next.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Mar 20, 2014
    0
    Danish director Lars von Trier makes this tale of one woman’s banal sexual adventures into inadvertent comedy. The film makes an analogy between sex and fly-fishing — and fly-fishing comes off as more intriguing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. Aug 7, 2014
    10
    sex epic... erotic dreamscape... this movie is alive! the preview intrigued me... Nymphomaniac has one great message; love. truly grippingsex epic... erotic dreamscape... this movie is alive! the preview intrigued me... Nymphomaniac has one great message; love. truly gripping story-telling. brilliant writing from Lars von Trier! crazy good cast every actor played their part well, top notch drama! A++ Expand
  2. Oct 6, 2014
    9
    I was tentative about this one. I love some of Von Trier; Dancer in the Dark is beautiful. Antichrist was true garbage to me-- gratuitousI was tentative about this one. I love some of Von Trier; Dancer in the Dark is beautiful. Antichrist was true garbage to me-- gratuitous metaphors to the point of lacking metaphor. But this first volume of the film was truly something special. Even though the narrative dialogue is a bit contrived, the story is extremely fluid and could only come from an educated mind, from someone who sees sex in a very realistic sense. It is an intellectual journey into the origins of misunderstanding and abuse of a psychologically affected girl. It is riveting and accurately emotional, and never plays it too heavy-handed. Expand
  3. Mar 21, 2014
    8
    "Nymphomaniac: Volume 1" is filmmaking on a different level. Lars Von Trier is know for his controversial films, where is this film is one of"Nymphomaniac: Volume 1" is filmmaking on a different level. Lars Von Trier is know for his controversial films, where is this film is one of the most disturbing films I have ever seen. The characters are really deep, it is genuinely acted, the way of story telling is different, the director has his own way of making you remember, it is one of the best films I've seen this year so far, I highly suggested to anyone who can handle subjects such as sex addiction, which in this film isn't erotic, but disturbing. Expand
  4. Jun 17, 2014
    8
    A 4-hour binge watching of provocateur Lars von Trier’s latest feminist saga (divided into two volumes) is a candid confession of a middle-ageA 4-hour binge watching of provocateur Lars von Trier’s latest feminist saga (divided into two volumes) is a candid confession of a middle-age nymphomaniac Joe (Gainsbourg, doughtily consummates her enthralling rendering in von Trier’s Trilogy of Depression, after ANTICHRIST 2009 and MELANCHOLIA 2011, 8/10), out of self-hatred, she chronicles her deviant life from childhood to present, to an elder Jewish polymath Seligman (Skarsgård), who brings her home after finding her lying on the street afflicted from a savage assault.

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  5. Mar 21, 2014
    7
    This was one of my most anticipated movies of the year, and I was only slightly let down by it. Gainsbourg is great in the first part, thoughThis was one of my most anticipated movies of the year, and I was only slightly let down by it. Gainsbourg is great in the first part, though her role is almost entirely confined to that of a narrator. The visuals are amazing, and the story is compelling. The supposed graphic nature of the sex is a bit overblown – you’ll see more in an episode of Girls these days. The primary weaknesses are an extended sequence with Uma Thurman, and a long/boring storyline with Christian Slater as the protagonist’s father. If they had simply trimmed or nixed each of these sequences, I would have given the film a 9 or higher. I’m hoping that part II will be a touch more streamlined. And I hope they expand on the humor found in the first part. Expand
  6. Mar 28, 2014
    7
    A very beautifully shot and well acted film, All though at times disturbing and overly graphic, And at times just too much, All thoughA very beautifully shot and well acted film, All though at times disturbing and overly graphic, And at times just too much, All though overall nymphomaniac is a good solid film, About addiction, Lust and challenge. Expand
  7. 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)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. 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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