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The Bothersome Man (Den Brysomme mannen) Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 21, 2007
Like the Swedish/Norwegian Kitchen Stories, it's a thoughtful Scandinavian film with a bent sense of humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
September 21, 2007
Is it a religious allegory? Political statement? Horror film? Perhaps all three, perhaps none.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 20, 2007
This is a bizarre social satire that mixes the mild-mannered humor of Jacques Tati with stunningly gory slapstick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
September 6, 2007
If only all the production elements added up to great movie. Instead, they seem like window dressing on a sill looking out to nowhere.
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
September 3, 2007
Bothersome Man is a stark yet strangely lyrical, multi-layered dirge for the absurdity of human fate in the face of figuratively deadening social conformity, and on the other hand, literal mortality.
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Ken Fox
TV Guide
August 29, 2007
An absurdly funny dystopian allegory that can proudly hold its own next to Truffaut's Fahrenheit 451 and Terry Gilliam's Brazil.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kam Williams
Sly Fox
August 25, 2007
A deliberate, thought-provoking, existential meditation on the curse of creating a neverending heaven on Earth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
August 25, 2007
[A] pitch-black, bone-dry comedy.
| Original Score: B+
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
August 24, 2007
A surreal nightmare of gleaming surfaces and razor-sharp edges, The Bothersome Man unfolds in a sterile city where nothing is quite as it seems.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Rob Nelson
Village Voice
August 21, 2007
Director Jens Lien mostly favors the clean and bland, succumbing to much of the same pod-person impassivity that the movie purports to critique.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
August 9, 2007
There are several ways to take this bothersome trifle, none of which are at all resonant.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Steve Rose
Guardian
June 2, 2007
It's a delectable premise, rendered with smooth efficiency but we never really get beneath the surface of this shallow parallel reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
June 2, 2007
This Ikea-furnished existential crisis marks Lien out as a talent to watch for the future.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
May 25, 2007
A few flaws but this is visually captivating and psychologically disturbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 15, 2007
Made with formidable assurance, a compelling look, quiet skill and impressive economy.
| Original Score: 3/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
January 8, 2007
full review in Greek
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
October 28, 2006
Oddball futuristic fun with a serious, if confused, message.
Martha Fischer
Cinematical
September 23, 2006
A dark, nasty little movie that's never quite as deep or as clever as it imagines itself to be.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
May 22, 2006
Delightfully droll.
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Joshua Land
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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