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A Somewhat Gentle Man Reviews

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Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
January 10, 2011
A comedy of an Oslo gangster's fumbling attempts at post-parole living ticks off all the twee requirements of this apparently deathless subgenre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
January 12, 2011
The grungy setting and unflattering photography are only camouflage for callow, creeping sentimentality.
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
January 27, 2011
Like the Coen brothers at their least convincing, the mix of low-grade depression and amped quirkiness never shakes off the feel of self-conscious posturing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
January 14, 2011
A slim story that becomes schmaltzy at the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Nordine
Reverse Shot
October 25, 2011
Hans Petter Moland's film is either a jack of all trades, master of none -- well-rounded but unclear in its overall intentions -- or an experiment in balance whose results are difficult to ascertain.
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
March 25, 2011
This Norwegian import quickly surprises as a quirky, dark comedy reminiscent of lightweight Coen brothers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
February 4, 2011
Skarsgård's performance is a tragicomic wonder, and a rare chance for him to show his gifts at feature length.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
January 15, 2011
Often engaging with just the right balance of poignancy and comedy, although it takes a while for it to gather dramatic momentum. Skarsgård delivers a convincingly heartfelt performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.8721/10
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
January 13, 2011
Skarsgard's performance is precise and cautious but commanding all the same
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
March 17, 2011
...a quiet film full of quirky details (a Lappish arms dealer and his dwarf sidekick; the Polish version of Dancing with the Stars on Ulrik's tiny television set), and a worthy addition to the noir comedy genre...
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
March 4, 2011
You'll find yourself engrossed -- not just somewhat but completely.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 13, 2011
Well-acted story of an ex-con struggling to make a fresh start and finding that the people in his new life are creating roadblocks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Elvis Mitchell
Movieline
January 14, 2011
Man has the confidence of knowing exactly where it wants to go, and when it wants to arrive; however, you may be just as familiar with the territory as the driver.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 20, 2011
Every stunted, turnip-faced character is dressed for maximum drabness, and the only time the sky isn't drily gray is when it's wet with rain or snow. But Skarsgard's utter finesse in the role provides a satisfying warmth.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 3, 2011
Only an actor of Skarsgard's resources could do so little and make such a big impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 24, 2011
"A Somewhat Gentle Man'' is welcome, in part because Skarsgård is almost the whole show but also because the actor doesn't use the role as an excuse to put on a big performance - to do more. On the contrary, he quite wonderfully does less.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 18, 2011
Skarsgard, who is perhaps best known for "Good Will Hunting" and "Breaking the Waves," makes the most of his rich role, imbuing Ulrik with a knockabout charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
January 14, 2011
Patiently directed by Hans Petter Moland, Ulrik's journey back to life slowly draws you in.
| Original Score: 3/5
Marcy Dermansky
About.com
January 19, 2011
A somewhat charming movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
January 11, 2011
An oddball comedy with criminal undertones.
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