Kitchen Stories
Kitchen Stories (2004)

Director Bent Hamer's comedy drama Salmer Fra Kjøkkenet (Kitchen Stories) is based on the real-life social experiments conducted in Sweden during the 1950s. In the years following WWII, a research institute sets out to modernize the… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 20, 2004
DVD Release Date: December 14, 2004
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: By turns touching and funny, this Norwegian import offers quietly absorbing commentary on modern life and friendship.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

An ingeniously dry and bittersweet comedy about that 1940s and '50s research.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

A thoroughly charming oddity. And, in the end, a moving one, too.

Michael Dequina

The charm and chemistry of the two leads and subtle, wry moments of humor make for an endearing entertainment.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

A prime piece of comic anthropology.

Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

Kitchen Stories is so subtle that many viewers will not be aware that it's screamingly funny.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Not the sort of film you'd want a steady diet of, but as a change of pace from the ordinary, it's well worth a look.

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

What starts as a satire of the methodical, modernity-seeking society in Sweden ends as a heartwarming dramatic comedy in Norway.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

The droll humour, penned by Hamer with collaborator Jorgen Bergmark, works best at a non-verbal level, when the well-cast Isak and Folke are silently sizing each other up.

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Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

One of those rare winning exceptions to the axiom that movies should move, this one shows what advantage can be earned when men of good will sit still together.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
The anal retentive Swedes have engineered a scientific study to understand how kitchen space is used, and one place they are looking into this is a small… More
Emily B.
A quirky comedy from Norway about the budding friendship between two men thrown together through a research project regarding the kitchen habits of single men.… More
John Ballantine
Very entertaining and quirky film about a Swede who sits in a high chair and examines the kitchen behaviours of a single Norweigan man..before the survey is… More
George Kiriyama
One of the more interesting and charming films I've seen. A lesson of friendship, communication, and the need for human interaction. The movie centers… More