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Elling Reviews

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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
September 5, 2002
Heartwarming here relies less on forced air than on Petter Nss' delicate, clever direction ... and a wonderful, imaginative script by Axel Hellstenius.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
September 1, 2002
Rather than real figures, Elling and Kjell Bjarne become symbolic characters whose actions are supposed to relate something about the naf's encounter with the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
August 23, 2002
A film of charm, freshness and bracingly generous humanity.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 23, 2002
It's thoroughly entertaining and nonpatronizing, and occasionally even insightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
August 15, 2002
Elling builds gradually until you feel fully embraced by this gentle comedy.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/5
Marshall Fine
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
July 15, 2002
It's a hard film to resist.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 11, 2002
A plucky parable about mastering one's fears, and making connections.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
July 5, 2002
...hits every cliche we've come to expect, including the assumption that "crazy" people are innocent, childlike and inherently funny.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 1, 2002
The movie ultimately relies a bit too heavily on grandstanding, emotional, Rocky-like moments ... but it's such a warm and charming package that you'll feel too happy to argue much.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
June 30, 2002
Tthe tone of this tedious movie never works, being neither funny nor moving. I never laughed, and, although I know I was supposed to, I never cared about Elling and his supposed afflictions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
June 28, 2002
Blessed with two fine, nuanced lead performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 27, 2002
There is one surefire way to get a nomination for a best-foreign-film Oscar: Make a movie about whimsical folk who learn a nonchallenging, life-affirming lesson while walking around a foreign city with stunning architecture.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
June 27, 2002
Calls to mind the great screen pairings of dysfunctional buddy pictures of the past.
| Original Score: 3/4
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times
June 27, 2002
Cutsie but still fairly compelling.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
June 26, 2002
The subtle strength of "Elling" is that it never loses touch with the reality of the grim situation.
| Original Score: 4/4
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
June 19, 2002
unpretentious, charming, quirky, original
Pam Grady
Reel.com
June 15, 2002
Elling offers a captivating glimpse into one of cinema's most unlikely and touching friendships since Midnight Cowboy.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 13, 2002
Charms because of its natural, non-magical attitude toward humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 6, 2002
A singularly affecting and amusing fable.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 4, 2002
An enjoyable experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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