A Man Called Otto

critic Reviews

, 69% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Check all cynicism at the door and allow A Man Called Otto to tug at your heartstrings with its tried-and-true tune -- it just might sing.
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    Ed PottonTimes (UK)
    This slice of superior schmaltz has Tom Hanks as a fastidious late-middle-aged grump who hates everyone, from overcharging shop assistants to neighbours who put their recycling in the wrong bin.
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    Rex ReedObserver
    A follow-the-dots flick with a few moments of charm that aims to be a feel-good crowd pleaser, but lacks enough freshness and insight to make it anything special.
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    Dwight BrownDwightBrownInk.com
    Despite the film’s flaws, what audiences will take away is a humanizing experience by a group of misfits who are learning that getting along can also be lifesaving.
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    Tim CogshellFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    If you were to start [this remake and the original] at the exact same moment, I promise it wouldn't make any difference which one you looked at. But you know why? Because all the scenes were working in the first movie, too.
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    tt stern-enziWXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH)
    I'm just not sure we needed it... [but] I did like it a whole lot more than I thought I was going to.
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    Dmitry SamarovChicago Reader
    I haven’t read the 2012 Swedish book or 2015 film that this is based on, but I can’t imagine either could be half as tone-deaf.
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    Dave GianniniInSession Film
    A Man Called Otto is not a waste of time by any stretch, but it also does not demand your attention in any strong measure.
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    Ilan PreskovskyChannel24 (South Africa)
    I did occasionally find it just a bit too pat and too contrived to melt my more critical lens entirely, but it won me over with its nicely handled comedic touches, lovely performances, and both its clear-eyed positivity and its shamelessly huge heart.
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    Matthew CreithMatinee With Matt
    If not for Tom Hanks, "A Man Called Otto" might be a boring tale of one grumpy man's perseverance against the elements trying to take him down. But it's because of Hanks that the film succeeds.
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    Emma-Jane BettsThe Digital Fix
    The drama movie is touching but never truly remarkable.
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