Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. Charms because of its natural, non-magical attitude toward humanity.
  2. Heartwarming here relies less on forced air than on Petter Næss’ delicate, clever direction -- and a wonderful, imaginative script by Axel Hellstenius.
  3. A witty and sophisticated sensibility brings individuality to the classic odd-couple comedy.
  4. 90
    Beautifully observed, miraculously unsentimental comedy-drama.
  5. There is a little of all of us in their awkwardness, fears and neuroses, and we root for their success in the mundane as if they were ascending Everest. Elling is still in the running for 2002's most uplifting movie.
  6. A sweet but unsticky comedy from Norway that was one of the five foreign- language nominees at this year's Academy Awards.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. CherylW.
    Feb 13, 2008
    It was really good. A little sexual and there was some bad language. Other then that it was great!
  2. ArneL.
    Jun 15, 2007
    One of my my all time favourite movies! Saw it in the original version in Norway back in 2001. Great, great film!
  3. TordS.
    Dec 22, 2005
    Great film! :-))