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Dogma Reviews

March 19, 2008
A very vulgar pro-faith comedy rather than a sacrilegious goof, Dogma is an extraordinarily uneven film that significant cutting might be able to transform into a playable one.
March 19, 2008
I couldn't care less whether Smith's metaphysical conceits about the war between Good and Evil are those of a devout believer or an atheist. The bottom line is that they're puerile.
April 27, 2007
Dogma is more strained than funny.
January 26, 2006
Too talky, too fond of in-jokes, too caught up (especially during the dismally weak climax) in its crass comic-strip ethos, and not, finally, as funny, subversive or thought-provoking as it would like to be.
March 19, 2002
A fresh premise gradually turns stale, and jokes that start out lively end up pooped.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 10, 2001
Thou shalt not stop laughing.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
April 24, 2001
If this is [Smith's] one 'message' movie, let's hope he has got it off his chest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
Uproariously hilarious.
January 1, 2000
The result is a mish-mash of tones in which such absurdities as singer Alanis Morissette's appearance as God undercut any emotional responses you might have to the climaxes involving Bartleby and Bethany.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
Supremely moving!
January 1, 2000
The thrill of the movie -- and the reason you don't have to be religious to be caught up in it -- is the thrill of watching a director wrestle with his obsessions.
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
January 1, 2000
Mercilessly funny!
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 1, 2000
When Smith's not practicing the humor of outrage, he's preaching to a choir highly likely to be perplexed.
January 1, 2000
The movie simply demonstrates the limitations of Smith's vision and humorous abilities, rather than any satirical prowess.
January 1, 2000
Deliriously audacious, one-of-a-kind.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
As always with Kevin Smith's films, the strongest element is the writing, and he's reached a new level here.
January 1, 2000
Like the worst seasons of Saturday Night Live, most of the film's setups go nowhere or just fall flat.
January 1, 2000
The movie manages to ask relevant spiritual questions.
January 1, 2000
Smith is a spirited jester, and parts of Dogma are bright, icon-busting fun, but most of it is a god-awful mess.
January 1, 2000
The real problem with Dogma is not its anti-Papism, but its aggressive and offensive piety.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
The problems with Dogma are that it's uneven, overlong, and occasionally uninteresting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
Dogma may very well be the best bad movie of the year.
January 1, 2000
Once the ball is put in play, the viewer must endure a flat second half, indulging torturously static explanations delivered by characters so garrulous they make those of Eric Rohmer seem as tight-lipped as Silent Bob.
January 1, 2000
Smith has made a movie that reflects the spirit in which many Catholics regard their church. He has positioned his comedy on the balance line between theological rigidity and secular reality, which is where so many Catholics find themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
Smith has crammed the film with enough genuinely funny moments and insightful bits to make it well worth seeing.
January 1, 2000
Deliriously funny!
January 1, 2000
It's smart and funny all the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Dogma is a raucous, profane but surprisingly endearing piece of work, a funny and lively film of ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5