Elling Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
July 24, 2011
really is about a couple of crazy guys, and it's therapeutic
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jurgen Fauth
About.com
October 15, 2003
A pleasant surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 2, 2003
Just because the characters are crazy, that doesn't mean they are not smart.
| Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 5, 2003
The pleasing acting jobs by the two protagonists makes all this sugar easier to swallow, but not enough to find this film anything more than a mere diversion.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 31, 2002
By maintaining a modest stance and a gentle, affectionate tone it emerges as winning rather than wearying.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Phil Hall
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Tedious Norwegian offering which somehow snagged an Oscar nomination.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 6, 2002
A sweet film about two gentle souls - there is a genuine caring between them that feels like watching old friends.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
December 5, 2002
It's affectionate and optimistic without being fuzzy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
November 17, 2002
immanently worthy of its Best Foreign Film Oscar nomination
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
October 24, 2002
It is a life-affirming tale devoid of sappiness or pretention.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
September 20, 2002
The moral is not too original, but the offbeat characters certainly are.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
September 20, 2002
The film's brand of humor seems a bit too broad, and the quirks of its main characters aren't really all that endearing, instead coming off as irritating and tiresome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 13, 2002
A charming but slight comedy.
Top Critic
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 13, 2002
Elling, portrayed with quiet fastidiousness by Per Christian Ellefsen, is a truly singular character, one whose frailties are only slightly magnified versions of the ones that vex nearly everyone.
Top Critic
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 13, 2002
Touches smartly and wistfully on a number of themes, not least the notion that the marginal members of society ... might benefit from a helping hand and a friendly kick in the pants.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 13, 2002
It is refreshingly undogmatic about its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (cleveland.com)
September 8, 2002
Elling is a light but self-sufficient comedy.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
September 6, 2002
The script is smart, not cloying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 5, 2002
A witty and sophisticated sensibility brings individuality to the classic odd-couple comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bill Gallo
Dallas Observer
September 5, 2002
Beautifully observed, miraculously unsentimental comedy-drama.
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