Adam's Apples (2007) - Rotten Tomatoes

Adam's Apples (2007)



Critic Consensus: Good and evil collide with interesting results in Adam's Apples, a dark Biblical allegory that's alternatively funny and shocking.

Movie Info

An overly-optimistic preacher with a penchant for taking in lost causes to help around his remote church finds his rose-tinted view of the world challenged by a psychotic neo-Nazi he is trying to reform in this jet black comedy from Green Butchers screenwriter/director Anders Thomas Jensen. Vicar Ivan (Mads Mikkelsen) prides himself on his efforts to help those in need by offering them a variety of odd jobs around the church and spreading the good word. After "adopting" a violent Saudi immigrant and a drunken tennis pro with a history of sexual assault, Ivan is approached by Adam (Ulrich Thomsen) -- a decidedly non-reformed neo-Nazi planning to lie low in the countryside for a spell before returning to the city to once again wreak havoc. When Ivan inquires as to what his new charge's goal will be during his stay in the countryside, the snide hooligan sarcastically states that he would like to bake a cake -- a response which prompts the gullible Ivan to place him in charge of the church's cherished apple tree. As ravens immediately descend upon the tree, Ivan concludes that Satan is attempting to prevent Adam from realizing his true potential. Meanwhile, Adam takes it upon himself to give the cheery clergyman a crash course in the harsh realities of life.more
Rating: R (for language and violence)
Genre: Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Anders Thomas Jensen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 8, 2008
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Ulrich Thomsen
as Adam Pedersen
Paprika Steen
as Sarah Svendsen
Ali Kazim
as Khalid
Ole Thestrup
as Dr. Kolberg
Gyrd Lfqvist
as Poul Nordkap
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Critic Reviews for Adam's Apples

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (13)

This oddball story is more than a one-joke concept. Its characters are sometimes cruel, sometimes sweet, but always recognizably human.

Full Review… | May 11, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Jensen is an accomplished screenwriter with a knack for developing people amid comic nonsense.

Full Review… | April 13, 2007
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The movie is all surface, loudly clamoring for attention and then losing its voice.

Full Review… | April 12, 2007
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Some will see this as a movie about how we're all God's children. I saw only the misanthropic fulminations of Jensen's runaway ego.

Full Review… | April 12, 2007
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Its screenplay attempts to blend outrageous black humor with biblical allegory in an ultimately unsuccessful fashion.

April 10, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Adam's Apples strives for black comedy, but winds up being neither funny nor spiritually enlightening.

Full Review… | March 17, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Adam's Apples

"Let's stop with the accusations. It was an old cat. He just happened to fall down while we were shooting."

There are dark comedies. There are pitch black comedies. And then, there's Adam's Apples.

If you want to watch a movie that takes some of the most depressing, horrible things you can think of, and makes them absolutely hilarious, this is the movie for you.

I won't spoil much of the story, as watching what unexpectedly happens throughout is one of the pleasures of the movie. It begins with a priest named Ivan driving an unrepentant neo-Nazi named Adam from prison to the church where he will be performing his community service. Ivan gives Adam the choice of one goal to set for himself to complete, before he leaves. Ivan, completely uncaring, chooses to make an apple pie from the apple tree outside the church, once they are ripe.

From there, things quickly get out of hand. Let's just say that the sensitive need not apply.

I recommend Adam's Apples to people with a dark sense of humor, who are fine with laughing at incredibly inappropriate (yet incredibly amusing) things. This movie was made for people like you and me.

I'm not referring to low-brow humor. This is a different animal. An utterly unique (as far as my experience goes), intelligent comedy that ultimately brings sunshine forth from some of the darkest clouds you've ever seen (both figuratively and literally).

Lewis C.

Super Reviewer

On the one hand we criticize films for conforming or being unimaginative, but when something totally original comes along we're not quite sure how to take it. Such is the case with Adam's Apples. I had to watch it twice. First to be repulsed by it's violence and cynicism, then once again to be open to it's dark humor and wonderful bizarreness. Freakishly delightful.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

The idea of sending a neo-Nazi into community service with a priest is pretty fantastic stuff for a mix of comedy and drama. And for the first half this Danish film makes good use of a handful of pretty funny situations, thanks to the colliding characters of the ex-con and the just as crazy priest and regular signs of a pretty sick sense of humor. Some parts around the middle maybe turned a bit too bizarre, dramatic and unbelievable, but the great actors make up for it and by the time of the solution the film is back on track. Worth seeing.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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