Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. A vital, sexy and touching movie that goes to the heart of what human caring is all about.
  2. Reviewed by: Marc Caro
    Shares the characters' off-kilter yet human qualities.
  3. A delightful, fresh dark comedy.
  4. With the filmmaking techniques pared to the bone, it is left to the actors to bring the scenes alive - and they do, often brilliantly.
  5. As loose and restful as pajamas.
  6. 75
    If the story is immensely satisfying in a traditional way, the style has its own delights.
  7. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    The liveliest, most original family values film of the year so far.
  8. 70
    A mood of anarchic spontaneity and freshness that thrills.
  9. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    An acerbically comic fable.
  10. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    An unusual walk down the aisle.
  11. A pow-in-the-kisser kind of movie.
  12. The brusque realism of Kragh-Jacobsen's style -- his careful suppression of style -- allows a surprising sweetness to emerge.
  13. 53
    Might be structured like a soggy house of cards, but it's shot beautifully and acted expertly.
  14. Makes up in solid acting what it lacks in Hollywood-type frills.
  15. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Both enjoyably lighthearted and proof that even the most stridently purist approach to filmmaking can produce a cliched romantic comedy.
  16. Mifune's radical stylings belie its clichéd core.
  17. 50
    There are satisfying moments throughout the movie.
  18. 40
    Cliched narrative, which isn't funny as often as seems intended.
  19. 20
    Grows increasingly slack and silly.
  20. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Material so utterly conventional that you can predict every plot turn after the first half-hour.

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