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O' Horten Reviews

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Nora Lee Mandel
May 22, 2009
Charming and beautiful looking, but just another mode of transportation for a stubborn old guy lurching through a series of unscheduled stops while finally learning to live.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Henry Barnes
Little White Lies
May 8, 2009
Written, directed and produced by Hamer, O'Horten certainly suffers from the over-riding influence of one man's vision. And though it's a skilful, gentle piece of filmmaking, it's a shame that the storyline is as old and tired as Horten himself.
| Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 11, 2009
Oh, O'Horten, how wincingly affected you are.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Beverly Berning
May 23, 2009
I like a wry, deadpan social comedy as much as the next person, but I need a little more than O'Horten's minimalist palette to get me going.
Jeremy Heilman
August 19, 2008
Too cute by half, filled with myriad forced moments of magic, O'Horten attempts to cast a nuanced spell, but ends up making rather little impression at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 42/100
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 16, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International
April 17, 2009
Well-intentioned piece of Norwegian whimsy may be too low-key for its own good.
Renie Scolaro Mora
May 21, 2009
As O'Horten begins, it's clear that Horten will manage his retired life much the same as he has his working one, with consistent routines and a decided lack of improvisation.
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
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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
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.
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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 4, 2009
The thing about a deadpan comedy is, it must involve us in the lives of its characters, so we can understand why they are funny while at the same time so distant. O'Horten, a bittersweet whimsy by the Norwegian director Bent Hamer, finds that effortless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
May 18, 2009
Writer/director Bent Hamer's humane, gently absurdist film has visual heft and beauty, plus a good-natured hero with whom moviegoers scattered across the age spectrum will be able to identify.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
December 26, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 19, 2009
Quiet and lovely, its subtle pleasures reminded me of Erik Satie's 'Gymnopedie.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
Simon Abrams
New York Press
May 20, 2009
Events unfold at an unfathomably cool pace, making Horten a comfortably numb cipher.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 17, 2011
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