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  • Summary: Lars von Trier has a bizarre way of showing his regard for mentor Jørgen Leth whose 1967 short film The Perfect Human, he claims to have seen 20 times. Von Trier challenges Leth to remake the film following an increasingly difficult set of obstructions.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. This movie equivalent of Robert Rauschenberg's artwork "Erased de Kooning" is funny, ornery, and ultimately inspiring.
  2. 100
    A complete original. This ingenious, almost indescribable film won't remind you of anything else because there's nothing else like it.
  3. 89
    Riveting, and frankly it's great fun to see Leth best the smirky von Trier five times running.
  4. Watching The Five Obstructions is at once like witnessing two chess masters playing dominoes and like spying on a series of therapy sessions. Mr. von Trier clearly sees himself as a maniacal psychoanalyst.
  5. 75
    The Five Obstructions clearly calls for a sequel, in which Leth would require von Trier to remake "Dogville," despite Obstructions 6 through 10.
  6. 75
    Part of what hooks you to this movie is how Leth outsmarts his taskmaster, and how the two men have divergent, almost incompatible aesthetic ideals.
  7. In short, it's amusing only if you agree not to think very much about it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3