King of Ping Pong (Ping-Pongkingen)
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
King of Ping Pong (Ping-Pongkingen)
In icy Sweden, 16-year-old Rille faces a daily grind, trying to get through life's hassles with grace. Plump and moody, he's the butt of many a school joke and only an onlooker where girls are concerned. Home life presents its own challenges: his single mom is dating a nerdy older man, his absent father (a professional underwater diver) is charismatic but undependable and usually drunk, and Rille and his younger brother, Erik, struggle to feel grounded in the domestic game of musical chairs.

Rille's one refuge is ping pong. He's an accomplished player and supervises… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"suitably understated"
‑ Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter
"Overlong but intelligently offbeat coming-of-age/family drama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Part deadpan nerd comedy in the Napoleon Dynamite mode, part miserablist childhood saga a la My Life as a Dog, this isn't quite funny or poignant enough to pull off either."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"If this kid were your classmate in school, you'd avoid him. Doing likewise with the movie won't hurt."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, OC Weekly
"What begins as an amusingly dysfunctional take on the coming-of-age drama... founders when the tone switches to something much darker."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"A pleasant if not entirely successful addition to the Scandinavian tragicomedy genre."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij,
More reviews for King of Ping Pong (Ping-Pongkingen) on Rotten Tomatoes