The House That Jack Built

The House That Jack Built

The House That Jack Built

Cannes Palme d'Or winner Lars von Trier's psychological horror follows the development of a highly intelligent serial killer (Matt Dillon) over the course of 12 years.

We experience the story from Jack's point of view, while he postulates each murder is an artwork in itself. As the inevitable police intervention is drawing nearer, he is taking greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork.

2018Rating: R18+, High impact themes and violence155 minsDenmark, France, Germany, Sweden
Horror

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The House That Jack Built / Reviews

Flicks, Sarah Ward

Flicks, Sarah Ward

Notorious provocateur Lars von Trier is up to his old tricks with the savage but fascinatingly ambitious serial killer drama The House That Jack Built. Critic Sarah Ward attended the film's Australian premiere at the Brisbane International Film Festival.

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Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

Haters gonna hate, and von Trier gonna von Trier as hard as he can. That should give you some gauge as to whether you should bail from The House That Jack Built right now. For this smugly self-aware, nonetheless arrestingly idiosyncratic, magnum-opus-wannabe finds the controversy-baiting poster boy of auteurist arthouse navel-gazing venturing further down the path of no return as his widening circle of detractors cry, not without good reason, “Don’t feed the troll!”.

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Variety

Variety

It's halfway between a subversive good movie and a stunt. It's designed to get under your skin, and does.

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Time Out

Time Out

An empty provocation, The House That Jack Built aims for profundity but achieves only mild queasiness.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

Two and a half hours of self-reflexive torture porn with an entire McDonald's warehouse of chips on its shoulder, and a handful of genuinely provocative ideas which, exasperatingly, go nowhere much.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

An ordeal of gruesomeness and tiresomeness that was every bit as exasperating as I had feared.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

If this shrill, manipulative, sledge-hammer allegory is right for our times, give me Dante any day. Von Trier has certainly done better, but never worse.

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Stuff

Stuff

This felt something like I endured, rather than enjoyed.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The House That Jack Built is definitely something to see. But what's most surprising is that it's just as often inane as unsettling.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

It can happily sit among the ranks of extreme cinema like Cannibal Holocaust, Salo and A Serbian Film as movies very few people will be able to sit all the way through, much less enjoy.

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