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Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear (2012)

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89

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 1

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The 38-year-old bodybuilder Dennis would really like to find true love. He has never had a girlfriend and lives alone with his mother in a suburb of Copenhagen. When his uncle marries a girl from Thailand, Dennis decides to try his own luck on a trip to Pattaya, as it seems that love is easier to find in Thailand. He knows that his mother would never accept another woman in his life, so he lies and tells her that he is going to Germany. Dennis has never been out traveling before and the hectic

Unrated,

Drama

Mads Matthiesen, Martin Zandvliet

Feb 11, 2013

$14.6k

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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (1)

The sex and filial troubles of 308-pound persons are not exactly common. But Matthiesen has evoked both the pathos and courage in these troubles, and, with the help of this reticent giant, explores them enticingly.

June 17, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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This wispy story is distinguished by its sweetness of spirit, and it comes straight from Kold.

August 24, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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A heart-wrenching central performance anchors Mads Matthiesen's intimate, empathetic drama about a Danish bodybuilder who aims to grow up as he nears middle age.

August 23, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Matthiesen and his cast have created a believable space, and that ultimately helps give Teddy Bear the tension of a fine suspense film once Kold sits down across the kitchen table from Steentoft to speak his mind at last.

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
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A largely likable tale about a 38-year-old man-child trying finally to grow up.

August 21, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A sweetly muted domestic drama struggling to contain a fierce and ancient folk tale.

August 21, 2012 Full Review Source: NPR
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Its hulking gentle giant non-professional acting star, the real-life bodybuilder Kim Kold, brings the muscles, heart and sensitivity to his role.

January 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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It's Paddy Chayesky's Marty drenched in silent emotion.

January 13, 2013 Full Review Source: FilmsInReview.com
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A straight-forward telling of an affecting, devastatingly funny tale, topped by a magnificent lead performance from Kim Kold as Ken, the gentle giant.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
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Not exactly a movie about lurid sex tourism, though coming awfully close, the film does risk credibility at times with a protagonist so out of touch, that he seems to hardly have a clue about the difference between hookers and potential housewives.

August 24, 2012 Full Review Source: WBAI Radio
WBAI Radio

Kim Kold's Dennis is such an unconventional character it's not hard to be drawn into his world.

August 21, 2012 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

From its title to its closing caress, Teddy Bear skates perilously close to the cliff's edge of mawkish sentiment.

March 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Teddy Bear

"Teddy Bear" is a good film but not a great one. It was made in Denmark by Mads Matthiesen and stars real-life bodybuilder Kim Kold. It is the first feature film for both Matthiesen and Kold, telling the story of a man approaching age 40 but still trying to break free from the domineering power of his mother.

The most striking thing about the film is the contrast between the main character's physical power -- he truly looks like The Hulk -- and his emotional powerlessness. I very much liked this study in contrasts and the examination of contradictions that often come with hyper-masculinity.

I also liked the hints at the end of why the mother and son are so deeply bonded. I won't reveal the surprises. I'll just say that the man's devotion to his mother appears more comprehensible in the end.

But "Teddy Bear" never really takes your breath away. It's absolutely competent but not much more than that.
September 12, 2012
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