Nymphomaniac: Volume II


Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014)


Critic Consensus: It doesn't quite live up to the promise of the first installment, but Nymphomaniac: Volume II still benefits from Lars von Trier's singular craft and vision, as well as a bravura performance from Charlotte Gainsbourg.


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NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME II picks up with the story of Joe's adulthood, where her journey of self-discovery leads to darker complications. (c) Magnolia

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Critic Reviews for Nymphomaniac: Volume II

All Critics (121) | Top Critics (30)

"Volume II" is no more fulfilling than "Volume I."

Apr 17, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's very weird, given, but it's also effective.

Apr 11, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Detroit News
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For better or worse, the whole exercise in lurid leg-pulling goes out with a bang.

Apr 10, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The Lars von Trier you know and love (or love to hate) is back: cynical, misanthropic, punishing.

Apr 9, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The movie, a descendant of such eighteenth-century libertine texts as "Thérèse Philosophe," is less a slice of life than something told and chewed over.

Apr 7, 2014
New Yorker
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A notch more watchable than Volume I.

Apr 4, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Nymphomaniac: Volume II

Though notably less interesting than the first part, at least proposes some more intelligent discussions and wraps up its story as a powerful feminist statement about every woman's right to have pleasure from their own sexual impulses and desire.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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The conclusion to the film that was made solely to get porn fans in cinemas around the world, is no less off-putting than the first, but the progression of her character is a little more endearing to watch, as she spirals out of control and becomes worse than you could have ever expected. The performances and camerawork all seem on a level above the first for some reason, but the ending to this story is such a slap in the face that you feel like you wasted four hours of your life. That is not an exaggeration, because everything that is set up on the side throughout the two films has the rug pulled out from under them. "Nymphomaniac: Volume 2" is a film, like it's predecessor, that was made for one purpose only, and I do not even feel like it succeeds in that respect. With average dialogue, odd camerawork, and editing that is either purposely bizarre or just downright terrible, this film fails on every level of filmmaking, even though I liked the progression of the story until the end. This conclusion is not as bad as the first film, but it is nothing to talk about either. Both films are hard to watch, and not even worth your viewing regardless.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

While I equally enjoyed the second part in the foray into the life of Joe (Gainsbourg) I did not feel the same intensity and true form as von Trier's previous section. While I love Gainsbourg's performance and her beautifully off-putting narration, I found the plot wandering, lost to its own inhibitions. Joe's exploits are very focused on her own self-destruction but don't always show the emotional toll on her relationship with Jerome, and instead lets her wander into sexual situations with strangers without accord. Her struggle to be a good mother is completely eclipsed by her sexual prowess, as we keep cutting away to threesomes, BDSM, and unnecessary nudity. Her character's development is completely hindered by her exploits. We don't get to see her true desperation because she seems almost untouched by the aim of her actions. When she finally goes off on her own the plot becomes stale. She works in the crime syndicate which makes no sense, and though she does help manipulate a young person, there's still little insight into her own neurosis. Even with narration it's very unclear where the plot is going most of the time. The film ends on a very strange note, though it was definitely the perfect ending for this macabre tale. Overall, I would say this is the meandering second half to a very intense and forthcoming two-part film.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Volume II lacks the humour of its predecessor. Instead it succeeds in presenting more provocative ideas for which Von Trier fans would expect and be satisfied with. Charlotte Gainsbourg takes the stage as the pure focus in this volume and truly gives a fearless performance throughout all scenarios both her character and the viewer are forced to endure. With Willem Dafoe and Jamie Bell providing decent supporting roles, the second part does have noticeable strengths. Whilst Volume II maybe harder for viewers to stomach, it also suffers from occasional drag and potentially affects the audiences attention. Von Trier brings a unique closing point to the Depression Trilogy which truly highlights his intellectual film making. Gainsbourg also succeeds in earning the title of being one of the bravest actresses around.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

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