Elling (2002)

When his mother, who has sheltered him his entire 40 years, dies, Elling, a sensitive, would-be poet, is sent to live in a state institution. There he meets Kjell Bjarne, a gentle giant and female-obsessed virgin in his 40s. After two… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 19, 2002
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Quirky without being overly cutesy, Elling is a gentle, warm comedy.

Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News

It's affectionate and optimistic without being fuzzy.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Touches smartly and wistfully on a number of themes, not least the notion that the marginal members of society ... might benefit from a helping hand and a friendly kick in the pants.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

really is about a couple of crazy guys, and it's therapeutic

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

A charming but slight comedy.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It is refreshingly undogmatic about its characters.

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Jurgen Fauth

A pleasant surprise.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Elling, portrayed with quiet fastidiousness by Per Christian Ellefsen, is a truly singular character, one whose frailties are only slightly magnified versions of the ones that vex nearly everyone.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

A witty and sophisticated sensibility brings individuality to the classic odd-couple comedy.

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Ian Waldron-Mantgani
UK Critic

Just because the characters are crazy, that doesn't mean they are not smart.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
I am really amazed at how much I liked this movie. At first I had my doubts, but then I just found myself unable to turn it off. These two guys were a hoot! I… More
Theta Sigma
I went to see the stage production based on this Norwegian film in London in 2007 and due to my enjoyment, I bought the film. Per Christian Ellefsen stars as… More
Randy Tippy
Touching and delightful! Two middle-aged, mentally challenged men team up to live as roommates in urban Oslo. Somehow , their odd, symbiotic relationship… More
Lesley N
Gently underplayed sweet story about two men getting it together in the real world after release from a Norwegian state home, with the help of not-so-gentle… More
Lanning : )
As Monk says, no friendship is perfect. A kind, quirky, and quiet look at friendship and mental illness. Long live the Sauerkraut Poet!
Stefan P
Pretty funny but most of all heart-warming. Great acting and nice music. Unfortunately I could relate to the thoughts and actions of the asocial characters… More