The House That Jack Built (2018)


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Critic Consensus: The House That Jack Built presents writer-director Lars von Trier at his most proudly uncompromising: hard to ignore, and for many viewers, just as difficult to digest.

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Boundary-pushing cinematic visionary Lars von Trier (Antichrist) returns with one of his most daring, masterfully provocative works yet. In five audacious episodes, failed architect and arch-sociopath Jack (Matt Dillon) recounts the elaborately orchestrated murders-each, as he views them, a towering work of art-that define his "career" as a serial killer. Mixing pitch black humor, transcendent surrealism, and renegade musings on everything from history to architecture to cinema, von Trier fashions a radical, blazingly personal inquiry into violence, art, and the twin acts of creation and destruction. With Uma Thurman, Riley Keough, and Bruno Ganz.

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Critic Reviews for The House That Jack Built

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The film finds von Trier wrestling with the claims of misogyny and misanthropy that have followed him his entire career, but not in the way you'd expect.

Dec 14, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Von Trier... simply dallies with disgusting images and ideas in a carefully calibrated, ante-upping ploy to attract attention...

Dec 14, 2018 | Full Review…

A provocative idea executed with a halfhearted commitment.

Dec 13, 2018 | Full Review…

It fails to make depravity an experience that either stimulates or appalls. If I wanted to leave von Trier's movie, it wasn't because I was nauseous.

Dec 13, 2018 | Full Review…

One of the most thoughtful, honest onscreen meditations on morality and personal culpability in quite some time.

Dec 13, 2018 | Full Review…
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If von Trier is instead merely content telling a sick joke - and the soundtrack, including the repeated use of David Bowie's Fame, suggests as much - it leads to a punchline we've all heard before.

Dec 7, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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Lars von Trier reaches the very apex of his career with this iconic (yes, that's the word), hysterically provocative and bafflingly rich piece of self-reflection that drags us to the bottom of (his) hell and tears not only into himself as an artist/person but also the world we live in.

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