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A grieving couple retreats to their cabin 'Eden' in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.

Actors: Willem Dafoe , Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm , Charlotte Gainsbourg
Directors: Lars von Trier
Release: 2009-05-20
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  • Marc Savlov

    Possibly the best argument against couples therapy ever, Antichrist is a tour-de-force trip inside the mind of a dangerously depressed man. That man is Danish filmmaker von Trier, and he has gone on record as having conceived and executed Antichrist in the wake of a deep depression.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    More than anything else, I responded to the performances. Feature films may be fiction, but they are certainly documentaries showing actors in front of a camera. Both Dafoe and Gainsbourg have been risk takers, as anyone working with von Trier must be. The ways they're called upon to act in this film are extraordinary. They respond without hesitation. More important, they convince.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    I’m inclined to agree with a colleague who told me he could swing with Antichrist when it was simply unstable but couldn’t go with it when it turned insane.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • V.A. Musetto

    Very few actors would have the courage to allow von Trier to put them through what Dafoe and Gainsbourg experienced in the name of art.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Like a nightmare you recall during waking hours, and then only in its vast outlines, Antichrist has the power to haunt beyond words. For better and for worse, it is exactly the movie von Trier wanted to make and a piece of staggeringly pure cinema.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    Antichrist is a boldly personal film, tossing all von Trier’s ideas about faith, fear, and human nature into an unfettered phantasmagoria, full of repulsive visions and fierce scorn. It’s also the most lush-looking movie von Trier has made in about 20 years.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kim Newman

    A star rating is not much help, since von Trier’s self-conscious arrogance is calculated to split audiences into extremist factions, but Antichrist delivers enough beauty, terror and wonder to qualify as the strangest and most original horror movie of the year.

    Empire Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Taken as a whole, Antichrist is a gorgeous, mesmerizing construction, and almost every one of its frames shimmers with demented, imaginary life... It offers more proof, if we need any, that von Trier is one of the most accomplished cinema artists of our time, and also perhaps the most deeply trapped in his own head. Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    By turns repellent, powerful and ludicrous, Antichrist piles horror on horror with pitiless passion.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    I can’t deny this is filled with powerfully primal images, but at least one of them--an eviscerated fox that bellows at Dafoe, “Chaos reigns!”­--made me burst out laughing.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    There’s a lot of hate in this film. But a lot of talent, too. It borders on despicable, but you can’t ignore it.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Bottom line: Do I recommend Antichrist? Tough to do, but tough not to. For those who are intrigued by the controversy, it may be worth the sacrifice, if only so you can evaluate it from a position of knowledge.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Calvin Wilson

    Tests the loyalty of fans that may expect his work to be extreme, but not to such an extent.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Peter Brunette

    Visually gorgeous to a fault and teeming with grandiose if often fascinating ideas that overwhelm the modest story that serves as their vehicle, this may be the least artistically successful film von Trier has ever made.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mark Jenkins

    For a hymn to panic and hostility, the movie is curiously artful. But only the most sympathetic viewers will find that its poetry outweighs its belligerence.

    NPR Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Depending on your reaction to the cinematic outrages perpetrated by Danish director Lars von Trier (remember Dogville?), you might want to add or subtract two stars from the halfway (half-assed?) rating I just gave Antichrist.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    For 70 minutes, Antichrist is a rare exploration of pain, featuring two actors collaborating with each other in agonizing and intimate ways. It also contains some of the best work Gainsbourg has ever done on screen. And then - if I put it more gently I wouldn't really be saying it - director Lars von Trier loses his mind.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    The trouble is that Antichrist feels progressively symptomatic of a director losing heart.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    The trouble is, it's all too exhibitionistic to ring true. The impotent folly of Antichrist is that von Trier has made it his mission to shock the bourgeoisie in an era when they can no longer be shocked.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Antichrist finally embodies the contradiction of von Trier: He's a gifted, even visionary, artist mired in his own pulp pretentiousness.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    It would be a shock if Antichrist had turned out to be anything but shocking.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Trouble is, it all adds up to . . . not much.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • J. Hoberman

    Antichrist, which, above all, wants to make pain visceral, is less successful at projecting authentic experience--the shock tactics are ultimately numbing.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Allegorical in the worst ways, Antichrist is about as profound as a slasher movie.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Von Trier has said he wanted to make a genre horror picture, but he couldn’t even come up with a decent metaphor: The climax is out of a Grade C hack-’em-up with people chasing each other through the woods with axes and knives.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    The scandal of Antichrist is not that it is grisly or upsetting but that it is so ponderous, so conceptually thin and so dull.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Lars von Trier cuts a big fat art-film fart with Antichrist. As if deliberately courting critical abuse, the Danish bad boy densely packs this theological-psychological horror opus with grotesque, self-consciously provocative images.

    Variety Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    I'm ripping up my Lars Von Trier fan club card.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Antichrist is probably the most disturbing, bleak and self-indulgent film ever made.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Von Trier ("Breaking the Waves," "Dogville") has no barriers, which absolutely can be a good thing. Here, though, his uninhibited nature is an omen of the pretentious butchery to come.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    The new movie is a joke, a toxic cocktail of banal psychobabble, laughably arty slo-mo flourishes and unmotivated sexual violence that only brain-in-jar types could take as a serious statement.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    Female sexuality has evolved into pure evil here with Von Trier looking ever so much like the Marquis de Sade of filmmaking.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Matthew Sorrento

    If only von Trier could work beyond the poster art concept. Antichrist stubbornly fails as a gothic nightmare and meanders as a misanthropic two-character drama.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    The last 20 minutes are horrifically violent, relentlessly claustrophobic, and irredeemably pointless. Von Trier has us on the hot seat, and he's going to walk us through his most primitive sexual nightmares--not because they'll bring us to a greater understanding of madness or love or grief, but just because he bloody well feels like it.

    Slate Full Review
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