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Movie Review: ‘Nymphomaniac’ just plain boring

March 27, 2014
By NICO SALVATORI ( , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

The shock of watching "Nymphomaniac Vol. 1" doesn't stem from the explicit sex scenes or the sociopathic, sex-addict protagonist who endures and enables them. Instead, it's induced by the tortuous boredom of sitting through a film whose taboo subject matter and distinguished pedigree promised so much more. Director Lars von Trier, who's made harrowing beauty out of controversial material in the past - think of the genital mutilation in "Antichrist," and the apocalyptic depression of "Melancholia" - fails to apply the kinetic horror of those movies to his latest and least challenging picture.



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