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O' Horten Reviews

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 17, 2011
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J. P. Mangalindan
Globe and Mail
September 14, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 23, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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August 23, 2009
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
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 24, 2009
The whimsy is never overplayed. The peculiar isn't teased at any character's expense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 26, 2009
This yarn about a train conductor whose life goes off track is Nordic to its bones: efficient, humane and droll in small measures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
June 19, 2009
Thanks to the consistent deadpan tone that Hamer and Owe establish, it's oddly satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 19, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 19, 2009
Bent Hamer has proved himself an apt pupil of such deadpan comic filmmakers as Jim Jarmusch and Aki Kaurismaki.
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Dan Zak
Washington Post
June 19, 2009
Depending on your patience for oddball mood pieces, you will either sleep through O' Horten or be oddly captivated. Either way, it'll be like dreaming.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 11, 2009
Not quite the absurdist gem that was Bent Hamer's 2004 release, Kitchen Stories, the Norwegian director's O'Horten is nonetheless a deadpan delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 11, 2009
O'Horten is a precise, deadpan drama of slapstick existentialism -- a Bent Hamer movie, in other words.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 5, 2009
[Director] Hamer has a gift for observational comedy, previously demonstrated in the droll Kitchen Stories, and also for the exquisite framing of wintry images.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
June 5, 2009
Filmmaker Hamer isn't being cruel here. He's trying to tell us that conquering the ridiculous is one of life's necessary joys.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
June 4, 2009
Powered by lush cinematography, a moody score, and Owe's subtly majestic lead performance, O'Horten oscillates confidently between the mundane and the rapturously beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 4, 2009
The thing about a deadpan comedy is, it must involve us in the lives of its characters, so we can understand why they are funny while at the same time so distant. O'Horten, a bittersweet whimsy by the Norwegian director Bent Hamer, finds that effortless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 3, 2009
Jack Nicholson's dyspeptic retiree in About Schmidt would no doubt identify with O'Horten's entertaining pain.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 28, 2009
A veteran actor of half-a-century's standing (and several Lars von Trier projects), his wry, detached decency is a large part of the film's charm as he greets his new life's surprises with calm, slightly puzzled good humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 22, 2009
A small masterpiece of poignant deadpan humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
May 22, 2009
Strangeness, humor and melancholy of aging are deftly explored.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 22, 2009
A quiet, oddly serene movie with a curious soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 22, 2009
Made up of meticulously constructed, deadpan scenes that turn on Keatonesque visual jokes.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 21, 2009
Nothing about this film even hints at being rushed -- if there were a cinematic equivalent to the Slow Food movement, this would fit right in -- but that doesn't stop it from being all that you want it to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Foundas
Village Voice
May 19, 2009
The movie, on its own modest terms, satisfies greatly.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
May 8, 2009
Thoughtful, funny, slightly sad and superbly crafted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Alissa Simon
Variety
October 18, 2008
More highly visual mood piece than sustained storytelling.
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
October 18, 2008
Succinct in its visualizations and crisp in its pacing, its deferential storytelling is in sync with its Odd subject.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 26, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
December 26, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4