101 Reykjavík
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It's easy to empathize with adolescent apathy when it's 30 degrees below zero, nightfall at four o'clock in the afternoon, and you're knee-deep in graying snow sludge. But at 28 years old, Hlynur's a little long in the tooth to be making Nintendo, cyber porn, and getting wasted into next year his vocation. In addition to successfully resisting employment, adulthood, and even an inkling of responsibility, Hlynur has managed to stave off any committed co-mingling with the opposite sex -with the exception of his mother, that is, under whose authority and dotage he still lives.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Kormakur ... balances tones with a smooth, mature confidence."
‑ F.X. Feeney, L.A. Weekly
"There's something juicily amusing about the nonjudgmental way Kormakur views his characters."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"A tightly packed little snowball of a comedy that picks up steam as it rolls along."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"A film that's as outlandish as it is entertaining."
‑ Merle Bertrand, Film Threat
"...there is more intelligence and humor in this 93-minute diamond-in-the-rough than in 10 American coming-of-age flicks."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"A times as flatly deadpan as Hylner, at others as passionately eccentric as Abril's Lola, 101 Reykjavik is at least dedicatedly unexpected."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"101 Reykjavik sometimes seems to be drifting pointlessly, but it keeps on righting itself, with moments of humor and imagination."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Everything about this Icelandic sitcom comedy seemed off kilter."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Fails because it's nearly impossible to care about the main character."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"funny, sexy, and utterly moored in its distinctive landscape"
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Imagine, if you dare, Ingmar Bergman as a consummate slacker with a wicked sense of pop humour."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Gudnason makes a delightful anti-hero, Abril is a kick in the pants and the snowy locations are nicely integrated."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"It's a strange and distant tale that would only appear on Jerry Springer in America but comes off as quirky and cute when presented from the cold Nordic perspective."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Culture clashes, gender roles and political correctnesses all get their moment in this droll winner."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"As a tour through the messy lifestyles of the young and the wasted in Europe's most remote yet hippest capital, it's entertaining and often hilarious."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
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