"Danish director's overly fecund imagination overwhelms a slight but visually splendid story.
(…) von Trier is working in a full-out symbolic vein here (…), but alas, the film medium inevitably carries with it, like an albatross, a heavy charge of realism. The film's most successful thematic confrontation is that between frail reason (…) and the uncontrollable forces of emotion and mystery that emerge victorious.
Another powerful idea, that nature is cruel and vicious and completely antithetical to human welfare, seems to align von Trier with the German visionary director Werner Herzog. ("Nature is Satan's church,"(…).
In any case, all the ideas of the film are so extravagantly and feverishly expressed that one fears that von Trier, always working on the edge, has finally become unhinged.