Adam's Apples (Adams æbler)
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An overly-optimistic preacher with a penchant for taking in lost causes to help around his remote church finds his rose-tinted view of the world challenged by a psychotic neo-Nazi he is trying to reform in this jet black comedy from Green Butchers screenwriter/director Anders Thomas Jensen. Vicar Ivan (Mads Mikkelsen) prides himself on his efforts to help those in need by offering them a variety of odd jobs around the church and spreading the good word. After "adopting" a violent Saudi immigrant and a drunken tennis pro with a history of sexual assault, Ivan is approached by Adam… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This oddball story is more than a one-joke concept. Its characters are sometimes cruel, sometimes sweet, but always recognizably human."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"Some will see this as a movie about how we're all God's children. I saw only the misanthropic fulminations of Jensen's runaway ego."
‑ Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
"Winner of 14 different awards, it comes from the gifted Anders Thomas Jensen, who excels in black comedy"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Horis na dokimazei Dogma-tika tis antohes soy, den einai liges oi fores poy tis apsifa paizontas me to rythmo, eno i halari ploki einai profanes oti den endiaferetai kai idiaitera na soy dosei heroylia na piasteis"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"For most of its length it's wonderfully wicked -- Jensen actually forces us to sympathize with the neo-Nazi's attitude toward the minister -- but the ending unfortunately mitigates the nastiness ..."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"Jensen is an accomplished screenwriter with a knack for developing people amid comic nonsense."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Its screenplay attempts to blend outrageous black humor with biblical allegory in an ultimately unsuccessful fashion."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"A film that asks us to have a pretty high tolerance of easy stereotypes and most of its comedy comes because you're not sure what else to do but laugh. When the ironic reversal kicks in, the film turns semi-serious and gets, if anything, a little boring."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Another delightful film from the Netherlands, this one about an oblivious priest and a Neo-Nazi who inadvertently finds redemption."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Strong direction, solid acting, and a script as crisp and juicy as freshly picked apples. A solid "A" film."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"The movie is all surface, loudly clamoring for attention and then losing its voice."
‑ Sam Adams, Los Angeles Times
"Adam's Apples strives for black comedy, but winds up being neither funny nor spiritually enlightening."
‑ Tom Beer, Time Out New York
"The actors play this darkly funny material as if they are in a deadly serious Shakespearean drama, highlighting the situation's many absurdities"
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"This Danish comedy, like most of that country's dramas, is dark, dark, dark. The film's humor offers an odd blend of subversively sly narrative mixed with bursts of sudden, sharp violence and goofy slapstick."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Director Jensen (who co-scripted After the Wedding) breaks away from Dogme to make a more stylized film, using a controlled surface that disarms us with surreal happenings and well-executed absurdity."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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