Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 34
  2. Negative: 4 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Apr 1, 2014
    Nymphomaniac is a jigsaw opus, an extended and generally exquisitely crafted riff. Story, theme, and character (despite Gainsbourg's captivations) bow to von Trier's gamesmanship, which makes his own promiscuities the film's true subject.
  2. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Dec 17, 2013
    At its best, the film doesn't strain for meaning but instead treats all of its intellectualizing as a lark that can be taken seriously but doesn't need to be.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 73 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Apr 4, 2014
    Vastly superior to the first film, but I really hate the ending. Feels like a cop-out after 4 hours of sitting through this story. The benefit of part II is that you don't have to deal with Slater/Uma, who really sink the first part. And you get more Gainsbourg, who is awesome. Full Review »
  2. Apr 4, 2014
    *NOTE: This is a review for Nymphomaniac as a whole; Volume I and II* Nymphomaniac is more than "sex epic"; it is an intelligent, gripping and a rather intense masterpiece made brilliant by great writing and fantastic acting - blending humour and shocking moments in equal measure, but also being a smart and engaging experience as well. It does have its flaws, albeit minor; Shia LaBeouf's strange "British" accent and some odd casting changes in Volume II. This film is definitely NOT for everyone due to its incredibly raunchily and controversial nature and some jaw-droppingly shocking moments and also its length which some may consider to be overlong. But the film is definitely worth a watch, and is worth to be analysed as well. Full Review »
  3. Sep 27, 2014
    I enjoyed this sequel, though not quite as much as the first part. It misses having more of Christian Slater, Stacy Martin and, dare I say it, Shia LaBeouf, like the first part did, and von Trier's metaphors aren't as creative or as intelligently constructed. The ending's perfect though--I felt that would happen, one way or the other. Recommended if you're not prudish and have a sense of humour, especially about love and sex, and if you're a von Trier fan and thus know what you're getting yourself into. I definitely look forward to what he has next up his sleeve--he and Werner Herzog are definitely the most consistently interesting European directors of the past 30+ years. Full Review »