Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics What's this?

User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 4 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: Ulrik is a somewhat gentle man, as far as gangsters go. Reluctantly back on the streets following a stint in prison, Ulrik's boss greets him with open arms and a plan to settle an old score. With a demented sense of professional pride, Ulrik's boss sets in motion a plan to right the wrongUlrik is a somewhat gentle man, as far as gangsters go. Reluctantly back on the streets following a stint in prison, Ulrik's boss greets him with open arms and a plan to settle an old score. With a demented sense of professional pride, Ulrik's boss sets in motion a plan to right the wrong done to his star employee. The problem is Ulrik would rather go about his own business, however mundane, than get involved with his ragtag colleagues again. This dark feel good comedy delivers laughs and gasps in equal measure. (Strand Releasing) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jan 14, 2011
    100
    A pitch-perfect blend of darkness and sweetness, built around a masterful performance by a great actor.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jan 17, 2011
    83
    Cold-blooded killers rarely look this pathetic, which testifies to the impressive balance of Skarsgård's amusingly low-key performance.
  3. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Mar 18, 2011
    75
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Ray Bennett
    Jan 11, 2011
    70
    Played for laughs drawn from characters rather than funny lines, the Norwegian film is a charmer with Stellan Skarsgard for once in a role worthy of his attention.
  5. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jan 13, 2011
    67
    Skarsgård brings some redemptive soul to the role of a man who gradually begins to understand the aptness of his favorite Pretenders album: "Learning To Crawl."
  6. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Feb 3, 2011
    63
    In A Somewhat Gentle Man, a deadpan comedy best described as the Coen Brothers Norwegian style, Stellan Skarsgard is colorless and oddly configured, like a potato fallen from the sack.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Jan 11, 2011
    50
    The grungy setting and unflattering photography are only camouflage for callow, creeping sentimentality.

See all 14 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of
  2. Mixed: 0 out of
  3. Negative: 0 out of

Trailers