• Unrated, 1 hr. 32 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Mads Matthiesen
    In Theaters:
    Aug 22, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Feb 11, 2013
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Teddy Bear Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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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.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

June 17, 2013
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Its hulking gentle giant non-professional acting star, the real-life bodybuilder Kim Kold, brings the muscles, heart and sensitivity to his role.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

January 18, 2013
Victoria Alexander

It's Paddy Chayesky's Marty drenched in silent emotion.

Full Review Source: FilmsInReview.com

January 13, 2013
Shaun Munro
What Culture

A straight-forward telling of an affecting, devastatingly funny tale, topped by a magnificent lead performance from Kim Kold as Ken, the gentle giant.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 4/5

October 11, 2012
Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio

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.

Full Review Source: WBAI Radio

August 24, 2012
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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This wispy story is distinguished by its sweetness of spirit, and it comes straight from Kold.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

August 24, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

August 23, 2012
Noel Murray
AV Club

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.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

August 22, 2012
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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A largely likable tale about a 38-year-old man-child trying finally to grow up.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 21, 2012
Ella Taylor
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A sweetly muted domestic drama struggling to contain a fierce and ancient folk tale.

Full Review Source: NPR

August 21, 2012
David Fear
Time Out New York
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It's only a slight exaggeration to say Kold gives what may be the performance of the year -- one that not only offsets the movie's momentary dips into self-conscious quirkiness but adds a genuine sweetness to the proceedings.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

August 21, 2012
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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A good tale, simply told.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 21, 2012
Edward Douglas

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

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 8.5/10

August 21, 2012
Elise Nakhnikian
Slant Magazine

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

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

March 25, 2012
Dennis Harvey
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The low-key drama is well-crafted and likable as far as it goes, but there's not enough narrative impetus or depth to maintain more than passing viewer interest.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 24, 2012
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