Finally saw this a couple days ago. Horrible film. I have this theory about people who like certain films. It started with Closer (well, Fight Club actually), and now it is branching out to include Dogville. The theory is not fleshed out yet, but the gist of it is you can tell a lot about polarizing films, and the people who like them.
Dogville started brilliantly. The opening shot was great, as was the detached pull-back from the first rape. But from the Dr. Seuss narration to the faulty logic, everything about this was a misstep. Well, almost everything.
The final conversation between Grace and her father was such a perfect scene, it belonged in another movie along with the settings and characters. This script was a blueprint for a much better movie somewhere, a movie which Von Trier will never be capable of making because he's so caught up in sensationalism and critiquing things he has no clue about.
The ending was brilliant, a real fuck-you to expectations, but that doesn't make up for two and a half hours of torture. This is not Dancer-in-the-Dark life-affirming torture, either. This is not transcendental. This is emotional pornography from a wunderkind past his prime.