Kitchen Stories

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  • Summary: In the early '50s the Home Research Institute in Sweden sends 18 observers to the rural district of Landstad, Norway, with its surplus of bachelors, to study the kitchen routines of single men. (IFC Films)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. There's nothing casual about the way this film has been put together, yet that painstaking care leads to laughter that is completely unrestrained.
  2. 83
    It's a film that triumphs in small ways and satisfyingly demonstrates how our human nature is based on both the eccentricity of our hearts and the quirky workings of our heads.
  3. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    80
    Hamer, a meticulous observer himself, is a minimalist with heart.
  4. The movie's gentle humor and offbeat whimsy prove that humanity trumps bureaucratic foolishness, in Norway or anywhere else.
  5. Acted and directed with a savvy understatement that perfectly matches the eccentric story.
  6. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    70
    The film appears consistently poised to go deeper but instead hangs back, making it less substantial than it might have been. Yet the sweet-natured story's gentle humor and poignancy should draw appreciative audiences.
  7. 60
    Slight but sardonic, Norwegian director Bent Hamer's deadpan Kitchen Stories makes a taciturn comedy of nothingness out of color-coordinated '50s coziness and Scandinavian social planning.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8

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