So it is a documentary in one way. What does it document? The courage of the actors, for one thing. The realization of von Trier's images, for another. And on the personal level, our fear that evil does exist in the world, that our fellow men are capable of limitless cruelty, and that it might lead, as it does in the film, to the obliteration of human hope.
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
Lars von Trier might not be, as he famously boasted in Cannes, "the best director in the world." But, as witnessed by his Antichrist, he certainly is one of them.
—V. A. Musetto New York Post
Most simply put, Antichrist revels in the gruesome ordeal of a bereaved couple (Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg) who lose their toddler because they were too sexually engrossed to notice him climbing out of the nursery window...
—J. Hoberman Village Voice
...an art-house couples-therapy torture-porn horror film.
—Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
Antichrist has many forms -- psychological drama, obtuse art film, grotesque horror -- but all these incarnations are meant to prey on your emotions and fool you into thinking that director Lars Von Trier's latest is anything but empty and exploitative.
—Jason Morgan filmcritic.com
Depending on your reaction to the cinematic outrages perpetrated by Danish director Lars von Trier (remember Dogville?), you might want to add or subtract two stars from the halfway (half-assed?) rating I just gave Antichrist.
—Peter Travers Rolling Stone
...explodes out into the open in a noxious blaze of unbridled contempt.
—Ed Gonzalez Slant Magazine
...probably the most disturbing, bleak and self-indulgent film ever made.
—Claudia Puig USA Today