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Kevin Smith is a conundrum of a filmmaker: he's a writer with brilliant, clever ideas who can't set up a simple shot to save his life. It was fine back when Smith was making low-budget films like Clerks and Chasing Amy, both of which had an amiable, grungy feel to them, but now that he's a rising director who's attracting top talent and tackling bigger themes, it might behoove him to polish his filmmaking. That's the main problem with Dogma--it's an ambitious, funny, aggressively intelligent film about modern-day religion, but while Smith's writing has matured significantly (anyone who thinks he's not topnotch should take a look at Chasing Amy), his direction hasn't. It's too bad, because Dogma is ripe for near-classic status in its theological satire, which is hardly as blasphemous as the protests that greeted the movie would lead you to believe.

Two banished angels (Ben Affleck and Matt Damon) have discovered a loophole that would allow them back into heaven; problem is, they'd destroy civilization in the process by proving God fallible. It's up to Bethany (Linda Fiorentino), a lapsed Catholic who works in an abortion clinic, to save the day, with some help from two so-called prophets (Smith and Jason Mewes, as their perennial characters Jay and Silent Bob), the heretofore unknown 13th apostle (Chris Rock), and a sexy, heavenly muse (the sublime Salma Hayek, who almost single-handedly steals the film). In some ways Dogma is a shaggy dog of a road movie--which hits a comic peak when Affleck and Fiorentino banter drunkenly on a train to New Jersey, not realizing they're mortal enemies--and segues into a comedy-action flick as the vengeful angels (who have a taste for blood) try to make their way into heaven. Smith's cast is exceptional--with Fiorentino lending a sardonic gravity to the proceedings, and Jason Lee smirking evilly as the horned devil Azrael--and the film shuffles good-naturedly to its climax (featuring Alanis Morissette as a beatifically silent God), but it just looks so unrelentingly... subpar. Credit Smith with being a daring writer but a less-than-stellar director. --Mark Englehart

Customer Reviews:

  • You can't include Jay & Silent Bob and not expect comparison
    I loved Kevin Smith's first two movies Clerks and Mallrats. Chasing Amy was okay, but a little too much of a downer in the end.
    Now get this, Dogma seems to be the movie that is the line in the sand for a lot of people. The majority of Clerks/ Mallrats fans didn't care much for Dogma, and vice-versa for the Dogma fans (but not completely, a good number of Dogma fans hadn't even heard of Smith's prior movies).
    It's been said that this movie slams the church, but it's just a slanted view on Catholisism that hard liner religous fanatics might find offensive. A lot of the comedy in this movie THINKS that it's offensive. I remember bits on the news discussing Dogma's ramifications, but it all just felt like manufactured drama and debate to me (i.e. publicity stunt).
    Throwing Jay and Silent Bob in the mix really messed up the flow and 'believability' of it all, especially when the first three movies had them tied together to a specific area.
    What I don't get is where Smith got all this Hollywood clout. His previous films were good, but were cast with several before-they-were-stars. In Dogma, suddenly all these big names appeared in the credits, and would the general audience found the movie as good without the injected star-power? Did he make a deal with the devil?...more info
  • I repeat, this is not a drill. This is the apocalypse. Please exit the hospital in an orderly fashion. Thank you
    'Dogma' is an irreverent look at religion from auteur Kevin Smith. Though it was protested by religious groups it shows that Kevin Smith has obviously studied and thought about the subject quite a bit, though his view is admittedly askew. I was expecting that it would be a terrible movie, but Smith had a lot of profound thoughts and waited until he was mature enough as a film maker to tackle them. There was only a few places where the acting was as bad as in his first film, 'Clerks,' and by that I mean places where you are acutely aware that the actors are reading a script, one weighted down with a lot of philosophy and theology, and they falter under their burden. Ben Affleck, as rogue angel Bartleby, carries a lot of the excess theological baggage, so I suppose that it isn't really fair to single him out. Salma Hayek, as the muse Serendipity, was nominated for a Razzie award for worst acting--but she didn't win it!

    In 'Dogma' we have the usual Kevin Smith obsessions: New Jersey, Quick Marts, Hockey, John Hughes film references--and there is the usual cast of Jason Mewes and himself as Jay and Silent Bob, along with frequent flyers Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Jason Lee, augmented with Chris Rock as the 13th Apostle Rufus, Linda Fiorentino as Bethany Sloane, Alanis Morissette, Bud Cort, Salma Hayek, Janeane Garofalo, and Alan Rickman.

    If you have ever wondered how many angels could dance on the head of a pin, and wanted to see a movie that ponders such topics--along with pot, potty, and other sorts of tasteless jokes--then 'Dogma' is the movie for you! Not nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be.

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    Nun: You don't believe in God because of Alice in Wonderland?
    Loki: No, "Through the Looking Glass". That poem, "The Walrus and the Carpenter" that's an indictment of organized religion. The walrus, with his girth and his good nature, he obviously represents either Buddha, or... or with his tusk, the Hindu elephant god, Lord Ganesha. That takes care of your Eastern religions. Now the carpenter, which is an obvious reference to Jesus Christ, who was raised a carpenter's son, he represents the Western religions. Now in the poem, what do they do... what do they do? They... They dupe all these oysters into following them and then proceed to shuck and devour the helpless creatures en masse. I don't know what that says to you, but to me it says that following these faiths based on mythological figures ensure the destruction of one's inner-being. Organized religion destroys who we are by inhibiting our actions... by inhibiting our decisions, out of... out of fear of some... some intangible parent figure who... who shakes a finger at us from thousands of years ago and says...
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    OTHER NOTABLE FILM ROLES FROM 'DOGMA' CAST MEMBERS

    De-Lovely (2004) .... Alanis Morissette was a Musical Performer - "Let's Do It, Let's Fall In Love" in this Cole Porter biopic
    Reindeer Games (2000) .... Ben Affleck was Rudy
    The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) .... Matt Damon was Tom Ripley
    ... aka The Mysterious Yearning Secretive Sad Lonely Troubled Confused Loving Musical Gifted Intelligent Beautiful Tender Sensitive Haunted Passionate Talented Mr. Ripley
    Jade (1995) .... Linda Fiorentino was Trina Gavin
    The Last Seduction (1994) .... Linda Fiorentino was Bridget Gregory
    Pauly Shore Is Dead (2003) Jason Mewes (as Jay Mewes) was .... Jay the MC
    Ted and Venus (1991) .... Bud Cort was Ted Whitley
    Almost Famous (2000) .... Jason Lee was Jeff Bebe
    Frida (2002) .... Salma Hayek was Frida Kahlo
    The Cable Guy (Full Screen) (1996) .... Janeane Garofalo was the Medieval Times Waitress

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    Hospital P. A.: I repeat, this is not a drill. This is the apocalypse. Please exit the hospital in an orderly fashion. Thank you.
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    ...more info
  • Dogma review
    Yea 5 stars, Dogma are you kidding me. One of the best movies ever. Came in less than anticipated time, and works beautifully. ...more info
  • Hilarious, but...
    I think you'd have to have spent your high school years at a Catholic school like I did to truly appreciate it....more info
  • "Does that mean the last Zion is part black?"
    THis movie is really funny, especially for religious people. Sure, it makes fun of the Catholic Church, and it even suggsts cnspiracy in the church. Alot of it doesn't make any sense, like God is trapped in a body? He's GOD. He can do whatever He wants! Don't get me wrong I did like it! A little out there, but still very funny. Again remember it wasn't suppose to match up with the Bible. Like God is not a woman, God is genderless, and Jesus wasn't black, He was Jewish etc. But you what? It's a Jay and Silent Bob movie, OK? Don't overanalyze it. Good for those ont sensative to the issure of religion. ...more info
  • Good movie
    I bought this movie because Kevin Smith aka Silent Bob was the director and it didn't dissapoint me at all. I couldn't stop laughing. Great story, great actors. ...more info
  • SNOOCH TO THE NOOOCH!!!!!!!
    EXCELLENT, SMITH HAS DONE IT AGAIN, GREAT COMEDY, AWSOME ACTION, AND JAY AND SILENT BOB. ALAN RICKMEN IN MY FAVORITE ROLE OF HIS NEXT TO MARVIN THE ROBOT IN THE HITCHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY....more info
  • George Carlin and many other famous faces in rare form!
    In this review, I just want to briefly point out what appears to be a very amusing anomaly in the repertoire of George Carlin... HE ISN'T SWEARING/CURSING!!! in every stand-up routine of his that I've seen, he spouts foul language in every other sentence. his performance here is extra good just because of his eerie lack of profanity alone, let alone all of the other marvelous gems, especially when you take into consideration that most of the other characters are swearing like proverbial sailors!...more info
  • sacrilegious and funny
    I must say that is one of the best movies I've ever seen; it's so sacrilegious and funny that it's impossible not to enjoy it. A must have in your collection....more info
  • Holy crap, batman
    This is without any doubt, the worst film I ever had the misfortune to see. Truly, impressively, stunningly awful, pretentious, stupid... just bad. ...more info
  • Dogma
    This is a great movie for those who can take a joke at "God's" expense...more info
  • It's got the goods
    If you plan on having a good laugh at a different kind of comedy, this movie is GREAT for you. It is a long movie, but the interactions between the usual kevin smith cast is hilarious. Being one of my favorite movies, my friends and i end up quoting it all the time.

    I must admit the comments on this page are ALMOST as funny as the movie... "it's preachy"... "the storyline is unbelievable"..."they talk too much". I'm sorry, but if you've ever gone to see a kevin smith movie its always about the dialogue and character interactions, not the plot. Come on, some of you are acting like you expected it to be Schindler's List or something. If you want to analyze how acurately it portrays life and blah blah blah... then you have shouldn't even bother because then there would be just another review from a person who doesn't have a sense of humor. ...more info
  • Theologically Sound!
    I love thought provoking comedies. You certainly do not have to be Catholic (in any form..lapsed, practicing, whatever) to get the most out of this movie but it does help. The film abounds with intelligent, provocative dialogue spoken by excellent actors. And it's hysterical!
    It takes a skilled director/writer to construct a movie that can make you laugh AND think.
    A previous reviewer suggested that the characters are all annoying. I have to disagree. The characters are well rounded. They are all fleshed out by tremendous actors. The performances are believable.
    It has also been suggested that this film is irreverent. Well, possibly, but a little irreverence is what makes most smart comedies fly.
    Have fun with this movie. Watch and listen to it's keen perception of religion and faith. But most of all enjoy the brilliant comedy, first class performances and captivating plot. ...more info
  • I hate this movie more than life itself
    I should note that I didn't come from a Catholic family, so I'm not in the potential audience for this film. Never the less, this fact is no excuse for 'Dogma's being as mindbogglingly annoying as it is. Every character, every damn one of them is agonizingly obnoxious, it's just unbelievable. Any one of them could cripple a scene all by his or herself, yet there are often many of the on the screen at once. Take the most involved scene in this film then add in, say, Kathy Griffin and Chris Tucker, and it would cause my head to explode within seconds. Frankly, I'd probably be better off.

    Still, every time this thing comes on TV, which is about every other day on Comedy Central, I can't help but watch a little of it. I don't know why. Do I hate myself? Am I a masochist? Or do I have to prove to myself every time I see it that it's really as bad as I think it is? Suffice to say, this isn't necessarily the worst movie I've ever seen, but I honestly can't think of a single movie that I HATE more than 'Dogma'.

    Grade: F
    (P.S. I read that the DVD comes with 100(!) mintues of deleted scenes. This thought makes me tremble in horror. It's best not to contemplate such things.)...more info
  • Hilarious!!!!
    Boy is this a great movie though definitely not for kids!! Chris Rock is at his best in the movie and I love Jay and Silent Bob!!...more info
  • I repeat, this is not a drill. This is the apocalypse. Please exit the hospital in an orderly fashion. Thank you
    'Dogma' is an irreverent look at religion from auteur Kevin Smith. Though it was protested by religious groups it shows that Kevin Smith has obviously studied and thought about the subject quite a bit, though his view is admittedly askew. I was expecting that it would be a terrible movie, but Smith had a lot of profound thoughts and waited until he was mature enough as a film maker to tackle them. There was only a few places where the acting was as bad as in his first film, 'Clerks,' and by that I mean places where you are acutely aware that the actors are reading a script, one weighted down with a lot of philosophy and theology, and they falter under their burden. Ben Affleck, as rogue angel Bartleby, carries a lot of the excess theological baggage, so I suppose that it isn't really fair to single him out. Salma Hayek, as the muse Serendipity, was nominated for a Razzie award for worst acting--but she didn't win it!

    In 'Dogma' we have the usual Kevin Smith obsessions: New Jersey, Quick Marts, Hockey, John Hughes film references--and there is the usual cast of Jason Mewes and himself as Jay and Silent Bob, along with frequent flyers Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Jason Lee, augmented with Chris Rock as the 13th Apostle Rufus, Linda Fiorentino as Bethany Sloane, Alanis Morissette, Bud Cort, Salma Hayek, Janeane Garofalo, and Alan Rickman.

    If you have ever wondered how many angels could dance on the head of a pin, and wanted to see a movie that ponders such topics--along with pot, potty, and other sorts of tasteless jokes--then 'Dogma' is the movie for you! Not nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be.

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    Nun: You don't believe in God because of Alice in Wonderland?
    Loki: No, "Through the Looking Glass". That poem, "The Walrus and the Carpenter" that's an indictment of organized religion. The walrus, with his girth and his good nature, he obviously represents either Buddha, or... or with his tusk, the Hindu elephant god, Lord Ganesha. That takes care of your Eastern religions. Now the carpenter, which is an obvious reference to Jesus Christ, who was raised a carpenter's son, he represents the Western religions. Now in the poem, what do they do... what do they do? They... They dupe all these oysters into following them and then proceed to shuck and devour the helpless creatures en masse. I don't know what that says to you, but to me it says that following these faiths based on mythological figures ensure the destruction of one's inner-being. Organized religion destroys who we are by inhibiting our actions... by inhibiting our decisions, out of... out of fear of some... some intangible parent figure who... who shakes a finger at us from thousands of years ago and says...
    ==================

    OTHER NOTABLE FILM ROLES FROM 'DOGMA' CAST MEMBERS

    De-Lovely (2004) .... Alanis Morissette was a Musical Performer - "Let's Do It, Let's Fall In Love" in this Cole Porter biopic
    Reindeer Games (2000) .... Ben Affleck was Rudy
    The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) .... Matt Damon was Tom Ripley
    ... aka The Mysterious Yearning Secretive Sad Lonely Troubled Confused Loving Musical Gifted Intelligent Beautiful Tender Sensitive Haunted Passionate Talented Mr. Ripley
    Jade (1995) .... Linda Fiorentino was Trina Gavin
    The Last Seduction (1994) .... Linda Fiorentino was Bridget Gregory
    Pauly Shore Is Dead (2003) Jason Mewes (as Jay Mewes) was .... Jay the MC
    Ted and Venus (1991) .... Bud Cort was Ted Whitley
    Almost Famous (2000) .... Jason Lee was Jeff Bebe
    Frida (2002) .... Salma Hayek was Frida Kahlo
    The Cable Guy (Full Screen) (1996) .... Janeane Garofalo was the Medieval Times Waitress

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    Hospital P. A.: I repeat, this is not a drill. This is the apocalypse. Please exit the hospital in an orderly fashion. Thank you.
    ===============================
    ...more info
  • What a Dud!
    Forget about what your read from people giving this a one star effort because they say its "offensive" or "anti-religious", its a one star effort because we have a great cast here that is wasted on what is clearly Kevin Smith's worst movie. As I watched the first half-hour, I was waiting for something to be funny, and it just wasn't. I was felt like I was wasting my time, so I finally hit the stop button, as I couldnt bear to watch another minute of this snooze-fest. Believe me when I tell you that I find everything amusing, hell I even bust out laughing when watching Spongebob Squarepants. If you are a fan of Kevin Smiths films, please stay away from this one. Go into your collection and watch Mallrats on Clerks again....more info
  • Strangely uplifting -- still
    "Dogma" is a movie that ought to offend my religious sensibilities, but, oddly, I find it to be a most religious movie. Long on deep theological questions and religious craving, but woefully short on theological sophistication or even basic knowledge, writer/director Kevin Smith has created a smart, hip movie that is emblematic of all that is right and wrong with religion today -- especially Smith's own Roman Catholicism.

    Smith has to be commended on the all-star cast he assembled for this flick: Damon, Affleck, Fiorentino, Garafalo, Carlin, Rock, Hayek and Rickman. Each delivers an impassioned and believable performance in his most bizarre of plot lines. The plot? Two renegade angels, banished for millennia from Heaven, have found a loophole back into Paradise. Problem is, if they exercise it, they will have contradicted the infallibility of God, bringing existence itself to an end. God, meanwhile, on one of his monthly skeeballing forays as a human, has been waylaid by a triplet of hockey-stick wielding, hellish thugs, and lies comatose in a New Jersey hospital. Saving the universe is in the hands of an unlikely bunch: an abortion clinic worker, the "13th Apostle," a pair of sex-obsessed, slacker "prophets," a stripper muse and a cynical, angelic mouthpiece of God.

    While juvenile in places (the climactic fight sequences seems to have been choreographed by 5th graders) the film is full of the holy longing that many in our time feel is missing from religion. Missing? Not really. Misplaced? Definitely. Disappointed with the spirituality of the Roman Catholic Church, director Smith has gone off into the desert of contemporary society to find the building blocks of a faith he can believe in. That his theology and ecclesiology are way off the road (Christ is not a separate person from God; shooting off angels' wings won't make them human; the pope would never sanction replacing the crucifix) is hardly the point. A longing for authentic religious experience and a desire for communication with a benevolent deity *are.*

    For those who see "Dogma" as a mature expression of the state of Christianity today, I say, "Please, take another look." For those on the inside, let "Dogma" be a window into the half-baked beliefs and longings of those who don't come to Church on Sunday. For all, I say, listen long and hard to Alanis Morissette's exquisite and soul-stirring "Still" that plays over the credits at the end. Wow!...more info
  • Hilarious, but...
    I think you'd have to have spent your high school years at a Catholic school like I did to truly appreciate it....more info
  • Best Movie EVER
    People always told me I'd like this movie. As an extremely cynical person, they said it would totally work it's way into my mind. But, being so cynical, I doubted that. My main draw was that Alanis Morissette, of whom I'm a huge fan (it's not even funny) plays the Almighty. But I never really took the time to find this movie. So, it found me.

    One day as I was looking for something to watch on TV. And sure enough, Dogma was on. I was about a half hour late, but I decided to just watch it. When it was over, I was stunned. I fell in love with the movie right then and there. It was on later that day and I watched it again. I was even more enthralled the second time around. I resolved that I HAD to get this movie. I'll tell you why.

    Dogma takes a very interesting look at the world of religion. It gets very sarcastic and critical at times, which drew the ire of many groups over whether or not the movie was appropriate. Obviously they never took the time to see it, because instead of making religion out as evil, the film does everything it can to show the viewer how good religion truly is. Unlike other movies that are like this for the sake of just being controversial and provocative to get attention, this raises many good points about the church and about society in general. Some might call this film blasphemous. I call it genius. An instant classic. I admire the people who came together to make such an amazing thing. The chemistry is perfect, EVERYONE has impeccable acting, and the story is just plain excellent. The writing is first-rate. Even better in fact. I don't want to give away anything, so I'll leave it to you to see it for yourself. I hope you're as wowed as I am. I just bought it today, 3 weeks after first seeing it. I just finished watching it and it seems to get even better with repeated viewing. So even if you hate it at first, you'll learn to love it. I loved it from the get-go....more info
  • YAY!!!
    I love this movie! I quote it often in debates which can throw people off citing a Kevin Smith film in arguements on abortion ("A woman's body is her own damn business"-Jay) and faith/religion ("It not about what you have faith in, just that you have faith"-Serendipity or Rufus' explaination on why ideas are better than beliefs because you can change an idea, but changing beliefs is much harder. or Bethany notes on what her friend's [pool boy] said about religion that its like a glass and when you're a child it's easy to fill but as you get older the glass gets bigger and the same amount of liquid doesn't fill it anymore. Or what Bethany says about how when you're little you don't question any of [religion], God's up there and she's always watching you!) I could go on and on about how much I love this movie but anyway, I reccommend this film to anyone and everyone willing to watch it! Even if you don't like it and think it to be some sort of hersey or adbomination to relion all together...I hope it at least makes you think about religion today, and how you feel about your own faith....more info
  • "Trifle of a movie" disclaimer is even misleading
    Even the people who defend Kevin Smith constantly complain about what a horrible director he is. "He can't frame a shot to save his life" and so forth. Like I've always said, you'd think someone who spent his life reading comic books would have a better visual style.

    But I can't really see what else Smith does to deserve such a fervent following. Is it 15-year-old stoners cheering the trashing of the Catholic church? This is the type of movie that a video game juvenile junky can watch and think they're experiencing a deep and weighty comedy. Instead, it's just smug and condescending. And not as funny as it thinks it is.

    Jay and Silent Bob have overstayed their welcome longer than Anna Nicole Smith. They're not exactly Abbott & Costello. They're not even Pauly Shore & that one Baldwin brother from BIO-DOME.

    I can't even get through DOGMA without switching it off: I can only take so much mugging.
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  • Brilliant Kevin Smith flick!
    Great story line, written by Kevin Smith; two angels expelled from Heaven are seeking a way to get back, and they find it - in the Catholic Church, by way of plenary indulgence. It's up to the Last Scion and a few others (including Jay and Silent Bob - snoogins!) to stop them before they unmake creation....more info
  • Dogma Delivers
    This won't fly with overly sensitive religious people. Excellent humor, this movie is one you will want to share with friends and watch again and again. ...more info
  • Good movie
    I bought this movie because Kevin Smith aka Silent Bob was the director and it didn't dissapoint me at all. I couldn't stop laughing. Great story, great actors. ...more info
  • Smith's DOGMA is a Hellva of Good Time
    Writer/director Kevin Smith's all star,religious socal commentary is a HOOT to watch, and draws on religion points. Its funny and full of satire. Smith and his cast pokes their collective fingers in your religious eyes and makes you laugh

    If you listen to the audio commenraries, this film was made on a shoestring-with the shortness of the budget, the casting problems, location problems and the scheduling around things(Oscars, Revlon shoots, other movies)-The film might not have been made

    Smith pokes fun at religion without bad mouthing it. His premous is simple. The great great grand daughter (last known descendant) of Jesus, two unlikely prophets (Jay & Silent Bob), and the 13th Apostle Rufus are sent on a mission to save humanity by stopping two wayward angels from entering a newly openned portal to heaven. Okay, Complex simple!

    The cast of this film is first rate... Ben Affleck and Matt Damon as the two wayward angels, Linda Fiorentino as the last known descendant of Jesus, Jason Mews and Smith as Jay and Silent Bob, Chris Rock as Rufus, Alan (Die Hard, Harry Potter) Rickman as Metatron, Jason (My Name is Earl)Lee as Azreal, Salma Hayek as the Muse, George Carlin as Cardinal Glick and Alanis Morissette as GOD

    This special edition DVD includes many deleted scenes about 100 minutes worth, almost as long as the film itself, outtakes, Cast film biographies like trading cards and the trailer to the film.

    So is this worth it? YUP and AMEN

    Bennet Pomerantz, AUDIOWORLD



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  • Jay and Silent Bob at their best!
    I am a big fan of Kevin Smith films,and dogma is no exception.I loved Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith's roles as two stoner prophets.I especially loved Alan Rickman's role as the Metatron,or the voice of God.Dogma is about a woman who is told she has to stop two arch angels from entering a church in New Jersey so they can re-enter Heaven.Sided by the 13th apostle,Rufus,played by Chris Rock,and the two prophets,they encoun ter hillariousness at every corner.Dogma should be funny to people of every religion....more info