A Somewhat Gentle Man
A Somewhat Gentle Man (2011)

Ulrik (Stellan Skarsgård) is a somewhat gentle man. He has no special wishes and makes no demands. He does not give too much thought to what he does either. If he's given some food and a place to sleep, he will give people what they… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 14, 2011
DVD Release Date: May 3, 2011
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Skarsgard, who is perhaps best known for "Good Will Hunting" and "Breaking the Waves," makes the most of his rich role, imbuing Ulrik with a knockabout charm.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Only an actor of Skarsgard's resources could do so little and make such a big impression.

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Lindy West
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

A Somewhat Gentle Man is a slow, dark, somewhat gentle comedy-just when you think you're bored, you notice it's under your skin.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A sly delight.

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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

Like the Coen brothers at their least convincing, the mix of low-grade depression and amped quirkiness never shakes off the feel of self-conscious posturing.

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Michael Nordine
Reverse Shot

Hans Petter Moland's film is either a jack of all trades, master of none -- well-rounded but unclear in its overall intentions -- or an experiment in balance whose results are difficult to ascertain.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

"A Somewhat Gentle Man'' is welcome, in part because Skarsgård is almost the whole show but also because the actor doesn't use the role as an excuse to put on a big performance - to do more. On the contrary, he quite wonderfully does less.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Every stunted, turnip-faced character is dressed for maximum drabness, and the only time the sky isn't drily gray is when it's wet with rain or snow. But Skarsgard's utter finesse in the role provides a satisfying warmth.

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Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune

This Norwegian import quickly surprises as a quirky, dark comedy reminiscent of lightweight Coen brothers.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A recently released convict adjusts to life outside and the temptations to avenge his imprisonment. Is this a comedy or a drama? The box art has critics'… More
JY Skacto
<i>A Somewhat Gentle Man</i>, from Hans Petter Moland</i>, is somewhat of a crime movie.<p>Behind it all, the plot does have the pieces… More
Cast: Stellan Skarsgård, Bjørn Floberg, Gard B. Eidsvold, Jorunn Kjellsby, Bjørn Sundquist, Jon Øigarden, Kjersti Holmen, Jan Gunnar Røise, Julia Bache-Wiig,… More
Walter M.
"A Somewhat Gentle Man" starts with Ulrik(Stellan Skarsgard), a man of little words, being released from prison after 12 years which he faces with no… More
Cynthia S.
Norwegian black comedy/drama at its best. Real characters. Pathetic at times. Funny at times. Rather slow moving, but done in the right way. This is one of… More
Jesse Ortega
Pretty damn good movie overall. As with a lot of movies it drags a bit in the middle but it's got a solid story of a man trying to redeem himself and turn… More