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Blinkende Lygter (Flickering Lights) (2001)

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60

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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A career criminal stumbles upon his big chance to get out of the business, though not everyone thinks it's such a good idea, in this witty thriller. Torkild (Soren Pilmark) is the leader of a band of small-time crooks; having just celebrated his 40th birthday (which coincided with his being dumped by his girlfriend), Torkild is looking to land a big score so he can get out of the business. While trying to map out a major heist, a guy known as the Man From Faro (Peter Anderson) approaches Torkild

Mar 25, 2003

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It's funny and violent and fast and, er, Danish.

August 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Mostly, it exults in its inspired potential rather than any brilliant results.

August 8, 2003
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A bleak male-bonding comedy that's a queasy blend of brutal humor and escalating sentimentality, it is overlong, heavy-handed, slow and unpersuasive.

March 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The personality conflicts among the four seem a bit formulaic, as do the flashbacks explaining why each turned to crime, but the narrative is inventive enough to sustain interest.

March 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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This impressive debut feature from writer-director Anders Thom as Jensen is decidedly offbeat.

March 27, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Since the ultimate direction of the gangster plot is obvious from the beginning, the filmmaker is counting on the freshness and unpredictability of such moments to keep us engaged -- a gamble that pays off only modestly.

March 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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A fun, rich, Danish multi-character study that scores courtesy of its fully-dimensional story, interesting dialogue and vivid characterizations.

March 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
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The script is full of witty dialogue and simple yet complex situations.

March 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Blinkende Lygter (Flickering Lights)

Blinkende lygterSo what's with all of the animal slaughter? I have this theory that the Danish film industry is trying to corner the "quirky" market. If they want to do that, and if they want to keep the fans they have, they'd better think twice about their treatment of animals on screen. Any point that could be made in this movie could have been made without killing a single animal. Quirky? How about irritating.
January 28, 2011
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Four Danish criminals hide out from their boss The Eskimo in a dilapidated country restaurant after pocketing the loot from the latest job. Made by Anders Thomas Jensen (ADAM'S APPLES),it's an entertaining mixture of sentimentality, comedy, brutish violence and Danishness.
June 28, 2010
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