Opening

21% Transcendence Apr 18
—— A Haunted House 2 Apr 18
48% Heaven Is for Real Apr 16
—— Bears Apr 18
62% Fading Gigolo Apr 18

Top Box Office

89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier $41.3M
49% Rio 2 $39.3M
72% Oculus $12.0M
63% Draft Day $9.8M
77% Noah $7.6M
40% Divergent $7.4M
14% God's Not Dead $5.5M
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel $4.1M
79% Muppets Most Wanted $2.3M
78% Mr. Peabody & Sherman $1.9M

Coming Soon

40% The Other Woman Apr 25
—— Brick Mansions Apr 25
79% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 May 02
100% Neighbors May 09
—— Godzilla May 16

New Episodes Tonight

72% The 100: Season 1
97% The Americans: Season 2
100% Arrow: Season 2
—— Baby Daddy: Season 3
—— Hot in Cleveland: Season 5
100% Legit: Season 2
—— Melissa & Joey: Season 3
36% Mixology: Season 1
—— The Soul Man: Season 3
—— Workaholics: Season 4

Discuss Last Night's Shows

77% About a Boy: Season 1
—— Chicago Fire: Season 2
40% Glee: Season 5
36% Growing Up Fisher: Season 1
86% Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 1
80% The Mindy Project: Season 2
—— NCIS: Season 11
—— NCIS: Los Angeles: Season 5
93% New Girl: Season 3
56% The Originals: Season 1
100% Person Of Interest: Season 3
100% Supernatural: Season 9

Certified Fresh TV

77% About a Boy: Season 1
97% The Americans: Season 2
82% The Blacklist: Season 1
88% Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 1
85% Enlisted: Season 1
98% Fargo: Season 1
98% Game of Thrones: Season 4
100% Hannibal: Season 2
96% Silicon Valley: Season 1

O' Horten (2007)

tomatometer

89

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 85
Fresh: 76 | Rotten: 9

Bent Hamer's latest is a droll, deadpan comedy filled with strange touches and melancholy charm.

93

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 2

Bent Hamer's latest is a droll, deadpan comedy filled with strange touches and melancholy charm.

audience

63

liked it
Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 22,022

My Rating

Movie Info

A septuagenarian taking his penultimate voyage from Oslo to Bergen begins to mentally prepare for his final trip, but finds that sometimes things don't turn out as expected when he misses the last departure for the first time in 40 years. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

PG-13,

Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Bent Hamer

Jun 19, 2009

$0.2M

Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site External Icon

Watch It Now

Cast

ADVERTISEMENT

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (76) | Rotten (9)

It's a film whose pleasures come slowly, as we, like the title character, discover the joys he's missed. Best of all, we, like Odd the Norwegian bachelor, figure out it is never too late to start living.

September 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Comments (2)
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Hamer creates a quirky, beguiling, and very funny mood piece that reflects on age, adventure, uncertainty, and humanity. Owe gives the character of Horten an off-center dignity that will suggest comparisons to Jacques Tati and Buster Keaton

August 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Film.com | Comment (1)
Film.com
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The whimsy is never overplayed. The peculiar isn't teased at any character's expense.

July 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comment (1)
Denver Post
Top Critic IconTop Critic

This yarn about a train conductor whose life goes off track is Nordic to its bones: efficient, humane and droll in small measures.

June 26, 2009 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Comments (2)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Thanks to the consistent deadpan tone that Hamer and Owe establish, it's oddly satisfying.

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Comment (1)
Seattle Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Pointedly strange and whimsical, O'Horten mixes the surreal with the mundane in its depiction of the retirement and eventual rebirth of a train engineer.

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comment (1)
Detroit News
Top Critic IconTop Critic

It entertains from start to finish and tells a story that is not just fun but in its inimitably gentle way has something to teach us all as well.

March 1, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

If you can settle into [Baard Owe's] playful deadpan rhythms, a bittersweetly funny, existential mystery -- or call it a modest adventure, if that's not too oxymoronic -- awaits.

November 17, 2009 Full Review Source: GreenCine | Comment (1)
GreenCine

O'Horten won't be for everyone, but if you enjoy character-driven films that also treat the landscape as a character, this one has a certain charm and appeal.

October 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comment (1)
Movie Metropolis

O' Horten moves slowly, sometimes excruciatingly so, but its thematic center is strong: How do you run out the clock of life?

September 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Comments (2)
Orlando Weekly

...a fable that relies less on fantastical transport than the defrosting of cool faculties; less on the titillation of the senses than the thawing of frozen hearts.

September 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Comment (1)
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The decidedly Nordic -- though not at all glacial -- O'Horten is a mixture of sweetness and deadpan that proves the Kaurismäki/Andersson school of filmmaking still has new delights in store.

August 16, 2009 Full Review Source: european-films.net | Comment (1)
european-films.net

As an old man, Horten is a rare movie hero, but the director reminds us that other things are more ancient; in one scene, Horten hefts a meteorite that predates the sun, and in another scene, Strindberg is quoted: 'In due time, even the stars must fall.'

August 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Comment (1)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

It's not conventional at all.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Comments (2)
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A spare and perfectly droll kinda-sorta comedy.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Comment (1)
Austin Chronicle

Episodic ... (but) reflective of life and the fluidity with which it passes.

August 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Charlotte Weekly | Comment (1)

This unremarkable fellow finds himself in some strange circumstances, thanks to the imagination of writer/director Bent Hamer.

July 24, 2009 | Comment (1)
Kansas City Star

Director Bent Hamer keeps things drily amusing throughout.

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Oregonian | Comment (1)
Oregonian

Quiet and lovely, its subtle pleasures reminded me of Erik Satie's 'Gymnopedie.'

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Comment (1)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for O' Horten

I thought it would be a funny little story about a guy having a hard time settling in to retirement. But not so much. It wasn't funny, aside from one scene with an adorable little boy and for the most part it was boring. It had the potential, it just let me down in a really slow, painful way.
October 11, 2010
theylovealexis

Super Reviewer

Typically melancholic meditation on retirement encased in a meandering plot where the lead bumps into a host of eccentrics who aid his introspection. Slight but not without charm.
September 26, 2009
gor41
Gordon A

Super Reviewer

The retirement of a train driver provides more philosophical musings from Scandinavia with a touch of dry humour. Some nice cinematography and scenes of Norwegian life, but this isn't really an attention grabbing movie, just slow, light entertainment.
May 9, 2009
RossCollinsUK

Super Reviewer

"O'Horten" is an odd little movie about an unassuming man named Odd(Baard Owe). Living alone, the only person he feels a connection to is his mother(Kari Loland). Turning 67, he is retiring from his job as a railway engineer. His plan is to fly back after his last run but oversleeps in a room not his own.(Long story, trust me.) Even after that, he continues to wear his uniform. And after watching life pass him by for so many decades, he has not decided what to do next which leads him on a series of low key adventures, shot in a deadpan style.

In the end, "O'Horten" has little else to say on the subject of retirement and growing older except the light at the end of the tunnel may not be an oncoming train. However, the film does have a well-crafted message about how women should be allowed to compete in ski jumping. If you have the cojonoes to perform in this sport, then gender is totally irrelevant.
August 24, 2010
Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss O' Horten on our Movie forum!

What's Hot On RT

Movies for Tax Day
Movies for Tax Day

Your tax dollars at work, in movies.

24 Frames
24 Frames

Picture gallery of movie bears

Summer Movies
Summer Movies

10 most anticipated blockbusters

<em>Mad Men</em>
Mad Men

Read reviews for Season 7 premiere

Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones

Discuss last night's episode

Latest News on O' Horten

May 21, 2009:
Critics Consensus: Terminator, Night Are So-So Sequels
This week at the movies, we've got deadly machines (Terminator Salvation, starring Christian Bale...
May 14, 2009:
Critics Consensus: Angels & Demons Isn't Quite Heavenly
This week at the movies, Robert Langdon is back on the case, investigating shadowy machinations...

Foreign Titles

  • O'Horten (DE)
  • O'Horten (UK)
Find us on:                 
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile