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O' Horten Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
"O'Horten" only really works when Odd encounters the assorted oddballs; elsewhere the film travels a bit too light.
Mike Edwards
What Culture
March 1, 2011
It entertains from start to finish and tells a story that is not just fun but in its inimitably gentle way has something to teach us all as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Aaron Hillis
November 17, 2009
If you can settle into [Baard Owe's] playful deadpan rhythms, a bittersweetly funny, existential mystery -- or call it a modest adventure, if that's not too oxymoronic -- awaits.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
October 13, 2009
O'Horten won't be for everyone, but if you enjoy character-driven films that also treat the landscape as a character, this one has a certain charm and appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 23, 2009
It's a film whose pleasures come slowly, as we, like the title character, discover the joys he's missed. Best of all, we, like Odd the Norwegian bachelor, figure out it is never too late to start living.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
September 18, 2009
O' Horten moves slowly, sometimes excruciatingly so, but its thematic center is strong: How do you run out the clock of life?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 9, 2009
...a fable that relies less on fantastical transport than the defrosting of cool faculties; less on the titillation of the senses than the thawing of frozen hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
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August 23, 2009
Hamer creates a quirky, beguiling, and very funny mood piece that reflects on age, adventure, uncertainty, and humanity. Owe gives the character of Horten an off-center dignity that will suggest comparisons to Jacques Tati and Buster Keaton
Boyd van Hoeij
August 16, 2009
The decidedly Nordic -- though not at all glacial -- O'Horten is a mixture of sweetness and deadpan that proves the Kaurismäki/Andersson school of filmmaking still has new delights in store.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 10, 2009
As an old man, Horten is a rare movie hero, but the director reminds us that other things are more ancient; in one scene, Horten hefts a meteorite that predates the sun, and in another scene, Strindberg is quoted: 'In due time, even the stars must fall.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 7, 2009
It's not conventional at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
August 7, 2009
A spare and perfectly droll kinda-sorta comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
August 6, 2009
Episodic ... (but) reflective of life and the fluidity with which it passes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
July 24, 2009
This unremarkable fellow finds himself in some strange circumstances, thanks to the imagination of writer/director Bent Hamer.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 24, 2009
The whimsy is never overplayed. The peculiar isn't teased at any character's expense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 26, 2009
This yarn about a train conductor whose life goes off track is Nordic to its bones: efficient, humane and droll in small measures.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Mohan
June 19, 2009
Director Bent Hamer keeps things drily amusing throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
June 19, 2009
Thanks to the consistent deadpan tone that Hamer and Owe establish, it's oddly satisfying.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 19, 2009
Pointedly strange and whimsical, O'Horten mixes the surreal with the mundane in its depiction of the retirement and eventual rebirth of a train engineer.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 19, 2009
Bent Hamer has proved himself an apt pupil of such deadpan comic filmmakers as Jim Jarmusch and Aki Kaurismaki.
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