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Dogma Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    There is a keen intellect behind this devoutly defiant fable.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    If the film is less than perfect, it is because Smith is too much in love with his dialogue. Smith is a gifted comic writer who loves paradox, rhetoric and unexpected zingers from the blind side.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    It's not every day you get to see a movie that begins in satire and ends in reverence, but then, for Kevin Smith, they may ultimately be the same thing.

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Pause for kids 16 & under

Controversial comedy is irreverent and bloody.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this is a Kevin Smith comedy, it's controversial for its religious theme and elements. Although the Catholic League condemned the film, Smith maintains its message regarding the Christian faith is actually positive. Like most of Smith's comedies, this movie contains explicit conversations about sex, marijuana use, and a lot of strong language (they love the "f" word especially and you'll notice that quite a bit of dialogue is dubbed over when this plays on Comedy Central). There are also several violent scenes involving two renegade angels and a few demons, but the blood is over-the-top and almost cartoonish in nature.

  • Families can talk about whether Kevin Smith went too far by lampooning Christianity and the Catholic Church in particular. Is there a redeeming message about faith at the end or is it just offensive from start to finish? Do you think this fantasy comedy merited all of the controversy it stirred up or not?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Strong female characters -- God is a "she," and so is the film's heroine. A woman with a crisis of faith learns to believe again and to accept a mission from God.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Heads explode, characters get their necks broken, stabbed, thrown to the ground from high altitude, beat up, and held at gun/knife-point. However, the most violent scenes seem over-the-top and cartoonish for "comedic" effect.

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    Sex: Jay keeps crudely propositioning Bethany with sex and explicitly discusses sex; an adulterous couple makes out on a bus; Bethany gives Jay a brief kiss; Muse is shown dancing in bra and panties at a strip club. An angel says sex (and how people look during it) is considered a joke in heaven.

  • language false3

    Language: There's not a scene without an F-word or worse, if not more like three. Other frequently spoken obscenities include: "bitch," "s--t," "assh--e," "bulls--t," and many euphemisms for genitals and sex.

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Bethany gets drunk; Stoners Jay and Silent Bob smoke marijuana in a few scenes; An angel drinks after turning into a human as do customers at a strip club. The cardinal smokes a cigarette.