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The Green Butchers (Grønne slagtere) (2003)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 8

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This black comedy from Denmark involves the exploits of Bjarne and Svend, two friends who go into the meat-cutting business together only to see their venture fail miserably. But when Svend starts experimenting with a strange new culinary concoction, business picks up -- but they find that getting ahold of their "secret ingredient" will be more of a challenge than they thought. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi

May 17, 2005

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The subject is so grim you may find that you've forgotten to laugh.

February 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Gruesome as it may sound, Butchers is a likeable, well-made film and a genuine comedy.

February 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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You might not want to dine with this group, especially if they brought the meat. But it's OK to play with the knives a little.

January 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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While it's got a refreshingly dry, nasty tone, the film is never quite as funny as it needs to be.

January 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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It's much ado about mutton.

January 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Neither funny nor outrageous nor horrifying nor conventionally affecting.

January 14, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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For a comedy, that most culturally-specific of genres, the Danish production travels remarkably well

February 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Denmark may not have any Coen brothers, but it does have one Anders Thomas Jensen, and he's more than enough.

February 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

...considering the premise, this is a remarkably accessible little film.

February 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Isn't for all tastes, but it's well worth digging into -- if you've got the stomach for it.

February 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

An obvious and strained effort.

February 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A dark comedy whose story is propelled by shock but sustained by issues of love and forgiveness.

January 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Mines the deep vein of flat-out weirdness that runs through an apparently sleepy, picturesque Danish community.

January 7, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Great hapless performances by the leads keep things running even when the script decides to turn sentimental, threatening to make mincemeat out of the nasty fun.

December 22, 2004 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

A sort of reverse Dogme movie, set in a slightly surreal world where everyone and everything is just a bit off-kilter.

December 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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Audience Reviews for The Green Butchers (Grønne slagtere)

This is a huge surprise. I have to say that I believe this might be the first Danish film I've ever seen in my life. I'll be looking for more. A beautiful mix of dark comedy and the seriously elevating power of love. In the end, this is less a comedy than it is a moving portrayal of forgiveness in the wake of tragedy. Just a fascinating mix. I can't even think of a film, off the top of my head, where such an emotional blend is achieved in such an interesting way. Flixsters, this is a must-see.NB: If you do watch this, be prepared to deploy a healthy willing suspension of disbelief.
November 7, 2007

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Best foreign movie around. Even though it was in another language, I laughed the whole time. Sven Sveat!
May 22, 2007
Curtis Lilly

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The second out of three films directed by Danish Anders Thomas Jensen and my second favourite after ADAM'S APPLES. Equally dark, equally funny, equally unlikeable-yet-somehow-likeable characters (this time its two butchers butchering acquaintances to keep the business open). The plot is just as wonky as his other films, just slightly less unexpected. But thats a minor quibble, like comparing pigs to pigs when you love pigs. Just watch and enjoy, it's way past time the man directed another one.
December 6, 2010
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