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De Helaasheid der Dingen (The Misfortunates) Reviews

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Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

A debauched clan of Belgian mullet-heads backdrop a heatfelt comedy

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: B

August 2, 2010
Jeannette Catsoulis
NPR
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If Ken Loach and Roberto Benigni went into a bar, drank themselves into a stupor and emerged the next morning with a screenplay, it might look a lot like The Misfortunates.

Full Review Source: NPR

June 14, 2010
Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter
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A bawdy, heartfelt glimpse into a proudly dysfunctional Belgium family.

June 14, 2010
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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There's whimsy and raunchy humor here, but also an underlying sense of darkness and despair.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 3, 2010
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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An appalling childhood may risk making you an unhappy person when you grow up, but it almost guarantees a great yarn.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

April 30, 2010
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Comedy doesn't get any more tragic than this.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

April 9, 2010
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Mr. Groeningen wrings a lot of queasy comedy out of the Strobbes for a long stretch, immersing you in their mess, bringing you uncomfortably close to their muck.

| Original Score: 3/5

April 9, 2010
Christian Blauvelt
Slant Magazine

One thing's for certain though: The director's vision of this story allows for more uncertainty than Gunther's ever would.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 9, 2010
Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
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The ultimate lesson of van Groeningen's boisterous and surprisingly moving film is that even a family as damaged as this one has a legacy worth heeding.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 9, 2010
Aaron Hillis
Time Out New York
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Felix Van Groeningen's highly entertaining tale is full of hilarity, horror and heartbreak (sometimes within the same scene).

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

April 7, 2010
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

The white-trash Strobbe family is investigated with both ribaldry and poignance.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B

March 30, 2010

It's a Miserable Life

Full Review Source: JWR | Original Score: 4/5

March 19, 2010
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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A word of advice: Do not invite the Strobbe family over for Christmas dinner, as they're likely to leave the house strewn with beer bottles and broken furniture.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 14, 2009
Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
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Calling the Strobbe clan a working-class family would imply that some of its members worked (or had class), but none of the lowlife protags do in the visually robust and often hilarious Flemish tragicomedy The Misfortunates.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 26, 2009
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The Misfortunates is a bleak comedy that's not as funny or grim as it needs to be.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

June 10, 2010
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix

The Misfortunates moves from intentionally depressing to, in the end, mildly uplifting -- but that likely comes too late to win over an audience that's been strapped to such a vulgar, offputting ensemble.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 10, 2010
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

It's perfectly plausible that you might never want to visit Belgium after seeing Felix van Groeningen's offensive '80s tale of familial dysfunction.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: D

April 11, 2010
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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The acting is super -- these guys know how to be sweet and disgusting -- and the story provides its share of laughs. But after a while, the one-note movie, directed by Felix van Groeningen, grows tiresome.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

April 9, 2010

National Post

| Original Score: 2.5/4

May 16, 2009
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