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The 11 Most Dangerous Movies of the 21st Century — IndieWire Critics Survey

In the aftermath of "Joker," we asked our panel of film critics to reckon with what it means for a movie to be "dangerous."

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

Last Friday saw the release of a movie called “Joker,” the build-up to which was largely defined by the supposed danger of unleashing such a nihilistic piece of work on an already-unstable public. Of course, the idea that any movie can be dangerous in and of itself is very much up for debate.

This week, we asked our panel of critics to name the “most dangerous” movie of the 21st century, and we encouraged them to consider the question through whatever lens made sense to them. Some took exception to politically dishonest films, others chose to point out the perils of corporatized mediocrity, and one critic highlighted the dangers involved in making a film she feels more people need to see. Some critics also took us up on our invitation to challenge the premise of the question itself.

You can read all of their answers below.

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