A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove)
A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016)

Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman's international best-selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 30, 2016
DVD Release Date: December 27, 2016
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A Man Called Ove's winsome sincerity -- and Rolf Lassgård's affectingly flinty performance in the title role -- keep it from succumbing to excess sentimentality.

Scott Marks
San Diego Reader

It starts well, but the deadpan humor quickly runs out of gas.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

Lassgard manages to keep us from completely hating and giving up on him at the beginning of the film - no small trick - and allows us to care for him without engaging in maudlin sentimentality at the end.

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Shane Slater

The film captivates with its inspired triumphs, sweet romance and utterly heartbreaking tragedy.

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

The moving twists and turns of the love story and the bright comedy elevate an otherwise familiar story line. The mix of genres works, too.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

Though our put-upon hero's gradual realization that he has much to live for is obvious from the get-go, it still is a pleasant journey from pawn to king - spiritually speaking, of course.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The genial middle-brow arthouse story is too obvious and tries too hard to be pleasing.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

Lassgård won't let you off easy: A scene in which Ove weeps hopelessly before the magnitude of his loneliness will bring tears to the eyes of anyone who has suffered a loss.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

"A Man Called Ove" starts out gruff and unlikable and more than a bit stereotypical. Then it opens up and becomes something of an epic about ordinary life, touching, funny and engrossing.

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

The result is a lighthearted, charming film which people of all ages will enjoy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
K Nife Churchkey
I was just waiting for the next movie that would reduce me to a puddle of pathetic sobs after I saw 2015's "Room". This Swedish production… More
Ian Walker
I saw this on the Rotten Tomatoes site and decided to give it a watch. This is my first Swedish film and it is the quintessential tale of the grumpy old man… More