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Little Otik

Little Otik (2001)



Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 7

Though rather overlong, Little Otik is a whimsical, bizarre treat.


Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 2

Though rather overlong, Little Otik is a whimsical, bizarre treat.



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Acclaimed animator Jan Svankmajer combines cartoon and live-action imagery to bring to life a bizarre story based on an old Czech folk tale. Karel (Jan Hartl) and Bozena (Veronika Zilkova) are a married couple who desperately want a child, but have been unable to conceive; Alzbetka (Kristina Adamcova), an only child who lives next door, has long wanted a friend to play with and feels for the couple's sad dilemma. One day, Karel is digging up an old tree stump when it occurs to him that the roots

Jan 21, 2003

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All Critics (47) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (7) | DVD (4)

Svankmajer has created a bizarre cinematic treat that pokes fun at obsessive consumer culture.

March 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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It's no surprise that Jan Svankmajer's Little Otik is dark, strange stuff.

February 28, 2002
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The cumulative impact of Little Otik is engrossing and provocative, and Svankmajer draws splendid ensemble performances across the board.

February 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Svankmajer sends us home haunted.

February 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Its dark whimsy doesn't hold up for the duration of Svankmajer's film version, which, at more than two hours, seriously wears out its welcome.

January 14, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
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127 minutes is a lot of time for a simple movie with one satirical point to make and one animated character to show.

January 11, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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[VIDEO] "Little Otik is in a class all by itself. Jan Svankmajer is a mad genius of cinema."

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Little Otik is in a class all by itself. Jan Svankmajer is a mad genius of cinema.

December 12, 2005

A fairy tale for adults, Otik is demented and heartwarming in that particular and unique Svankmajer fashion.

September 28, 2005

There is an inherent humor to the premise, though there is a concrete desperation at the heart of Little Otik.

April 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

The film's shock storyline soon becomes a dull plod.

March 26, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Like many Disney films, Little Otik is based on a classic European folktale, but while Disney cleans these stories up into candy-coloured moral fables ready to be adapted into breakfast cereals and ice shows, Svankmajer eagerly plunges into their d

January 19, 2003
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

What sustains attention is the director's unique touch.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Unfortunately, at more than two hours, all of this is a bit too much.

May 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

While there's not quite enough in the story to justify the film's length, Little Otik is a very funny satire on family ties, apartment living and conspicuous consumption.

April 24, 2002 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

Devilishly funny.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

a disquiet amalgam of Little Shop of Horrors, Dead Alive, and Raising Arizona, with a splash of the Brothers Quay to push it right over the edge.

April 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

A sublime, blacker-than-night comic meditation on the insistent demands of a youngster's love and the complete loss of control inherent in starting a family.

March 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

An enjoyably absurd bit of Grand Guignol, that often underlines the obvious.

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source:

An amusingly subversive experience, at turns creepy and hilarious.

February 25, 2002 Full Review Source:

The resulting caricaturish effect, coupled with a story line that repeats its basics over and over again for more than two hours, damage this potentially droll look at ungoverned urges and tyke tyranny beyond salvaging.

February 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Heavy-handed delivery notwithstanding, this thing will be matched by little in terms of sheer imagination and social resonance.

February 14, 2002
New Times

Audience Reviews for Little Otik

An infertile couple pretend a tree stump is a baby, but trouble arises when it comes to life and needs to be fed. The laughs are as twisted as the gnarled roots little Otik uses to grab his dinner in this black comedy adaptation of a European folktale with hints of horror and flecks of surrealism.
September 18, 2012
Greg S

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Little Shop of Horrors, with a Czech twist. An off-beat (to say the least) rendering of a fanciful fairy tale. Consider this a rave review for a ravenous root. :)
August 31, 2009
Randy Tippy

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Yet another reason for not having kids ever.
May 9, 2009
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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