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80% Tomatometer 209 Reviews 67% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings As a planet hurtles toward a collision course with Earth, two sisters (Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg) cope with the approaching doomsday in different ways. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Melancholia's dramatic tricks are more obvious than they should be, but this is otherwise a showcase for Kirsten Dunst's acting and for Lars von Trier's profound, visceral vision of depression and destruction.

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Melancholia (2011) | Rotten Tomatoes (1) Sara Reihani Bitch Media A strangely apt visual representation of depression. Jan 9, 2021 Full Review Melancholia (2011) | Rotten Tomatoes (2) Amy Taubin Film Comment Magazine Von Trier creates a blackly comic delirium that is terrifying and completely exhilarating. Aug 27, 2019 Full Review Melancholia (2011) | Rotten Tomatoes (3) Lisa Rosman indieWire In Melancholia, von Trier has created a mission statement of a masterpiece, one that reminds us that nihilism itself can serve as a legitimate form of creation, a means as well as The End. Nov 7, 2016 Full Review Melancholia (2011) | Rotten Tomatoes (4) Savina Petkova A Good Movie To Watch Vesting expectations in someone as wide-ranging as Kirsten Dunst assures an absolute win, even if there remain some questionable characteristics that align too well with abstract male fantasies of what a woman in distress would look like. Rated: 7.6/10 Oct 29, 2023 Full Review Melancholia (2011) | Rotten Tomatoes (5) Diego Batlle Melodrama and science fiction sustained by images in a wide screen and music by Wagner. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 5.5/10 Oct 4, 2022 Full Review Melancholia (2011) | Rotten Tomatoes (6) Keith Garlington Keith & the Movies “Melancholia” is a gripping, meditative film that’s delivered like an operatic mood piece. Rated: 3/5 Aug 24, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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Webb V If you can make it through the first 6 minutes, you are a far sader person than I.Caution: If you have ever entertained ending it all, AVOID MELANCHOLIA like you would avoid a zombie horde. Watching it may give you cause to want to fine a zombie horde.It's a wedding movie about a non-wedding. More than lilkely it's about undiagniosed mental disorders afflicting European Directors, and actors with bills to pay.Do yourself a favor and read Worlds in Collision by Velikovsky. Though it will not be any easier to understand than this movie, it does have much more action.Gave it half a start due to Stockholm syndrome affect. Rated 0.5/5 Stars • Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 06/17/24 Full Review Audience Member sucked and too long Rated 2/5 Stars • Rated 2 out of 5 stars 06/15/24 Full Review Les M The pace of the film is slow to the point of making the experience of watching it tedious. That said, the beautiful opening sequence, the intensity of the very long wedding-reception scene and the wonderful cinematography are endearing aspects of the film. I see some have criticized the film for the inaccuracies of the physics related to the collision with Melancholia. I'm pretty sure that they are missing the point of the film -- there is no literal moment of Earth apocalypse. The collision is just meant to be taken as metaphorical of how marriage (or adulthood or mental illness) brings an end to the individual. This is the sort of film that is unpleasant to sit through but leaves you with a long-lasting impression. It would have been a better film if it had been less unpleasant to sit through. Rated 2.5/5 Stars • Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 05/22/24 Full Review Jeferson G This the worst thing i have see in my life. Rated 0.5/5 Stars • Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 05/19/24 Full Review Sonja L A bit slow to my liking and so depressing it feels like a punch in the gut. Nevertheless AMAZING visuals and acting, watched this six months ago and still thinking about it regularly. Rated 4/5 Stars • Rated 4 out of 5 stars 05/04/24 Full Review Janell W Depressing, slow, and uninteresting. Rated 0.5/5 Stars • Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 04/17/24 Full Review Read all reviews


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Lars von Trier Director Kirsten Dunst Justine Charlotte Gainsbourg Claire Alexander Skarsgård Michael Brady Corbet Tim Cameron Spurr Leo
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Synopsis As a planet hurtles toward a collision course with Earth, two sisters (Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg) cope with the approaching doomsday in different ways.

Lars von Trier

Meta Louise Foldager, Louise Vesth

Lars von Trier

Magnolia Pictures

Production Co
arte France Cinéma, Film i Väst, DR, Memfis Film AB, Liberator Productions, Zentropa Entertainment, Slot Machine, Zentropa Entertainment France

R (Sexual Content|Language|Some Graphic Nudity)

Drama, Sci-Fi

Original Language

Release Date (Theaters)
Nov 11, 2011, Limited

Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 13, 2015

Box Office (Gross USA)

2h 10m

Aspect Ratio
Scope (2.35:1)
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