Excerpt: Il film ha un ritmo meditativo e ipnotico, non tutto appare perfettamente riuscito ed alcune cadute di tono le avremmo volentieri evitate, ma Von Trier è da sempre un regista che divide trasversalmente i suoi spettatori.
Excerpt: It’s a wandering, freeform exploration of the themes, subjects, and ideas of particular interest to the filmmaker — and sex is among them, certainly, but it doesn’t seem to be his primary focus, or destination.
Excerpt: …one really needs to see the two together to feel the potent if perverse exhilaration Martin’s Joe experiences as she gives in unreservedly to her pathology in part I, before society and her own body punish Gainsbourg’s Joe so brutally for transgressing into what is the traditionally masculine domain of sexual freedom.
Excerpt: Staggering but unmoving, daring but off-putting, this 118-minute half-movie works in individual scenes, but it’s all so lugubriously apathetic—even shockingly tedious—and unsatisfying after the shock value has worked its desensitizing effect.
Excerpt: Ending with a mid-coitus cliffhanger and a Volume 2 preview, this work feels fundamentally unfinished, as though its maker arbitrarily spliced it around its midway point to get as much distribution and publicity mileage out of the event as possible. That said, this first installment of Nymphomaniac is an unexpected creation that points towards what may be a fascinating step for Von Trier.
Excerpt: In the straightforwardness of its narrative outline, the transparent emptiness of its metaphors, and the bludgeoning lack of subtlety of its final not-quite-paradigm-shift, Nymphomaniac stakes a wide-ranging attack on normative values and tastes.
Excerpt: Danish auteur Lars von Trier’s raw and probing Nymphomaniac: Volume II is the continuation of one lost woman’s downward spiral into the aimless sexual landscape of confusion, desperation and despair…an unflinching female empowering spotlight into an unpredictable territory of erratic behavior that is more commonplace than what any of us is willing to admit.
Excerpt: Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier’s provocative Nymphomaniac: Volume I is indeed a shocking character study of psycho-sexual dependency at the hands of womanly disillusionment. Gloriously dark, titillating and demonstrating a fine line between an observational carnal expose and tawdry exploitation.
Excerpt: Just as with Harvey Weinstein’s famous mistake of splitting Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” into two parts, the producers of Lars von Trier’s 240 minute film have seen fit to split it in two, rather than deliver the movie as the filmmaker intended. Big mistake.