(2004)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

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75
New York Post
A satirical blast at America's gun culture. But it's so entertaining that even a die-hard NRA member might be impressed.
63
Lars Von Trier's silly script about a group of pistol packing misfits gets better treatment than it deserves, thanks to a fine young cast and the game direction of Thomas Vinterberg.
60
The Hollywood Reporter
Part parable, part wild west shoot-out, yet totally original, Dear Wendy is a powerful indictment of American gun culture.
50
It may sound like a Peter Pan spinoff, and Dear Wendy does involve lost boys in a stagey setting, but the film is closer to "A Clockwork Orange" than a tale of lasting youth.
50
Taking wobbly aim at our country's complicated love affair with guns, the movie's the very definition of a cheap shot.
50
New York Daily News
Dear Wendy is absurd to the point of comic parody. Bloody as it is, it has no access to viewers' emotions, and its message - play with fire and you get burned - is too obvious to be provocative.
50
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
One part satire, two parts allegory, and several parts dreary sermon on the pernicious effects of America's gun culture.
38
A tedious exercise in style, intended as a meditation on guns and violence in America but more of a meditation on itself, the kind of meditation that invites the mind to stray.
20
Wall Street Journal
The movie's smugness is insufferable.
0
Annoyingly simplistic.

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