Metascore
57

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. With the filmmaking techniques pared to the bone, it is left to the actors to bring the scenes alive - and they do, often brilliantly.
  3. A delightful, fresh dark comedy.
  4. Reviewed by: Marc Caro
    88
    Shares the characters' off-kilter yet human qualities.
  5. As loose and restful as pajamas.
  6. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    The liveliest, most original family values film of the year so far.
  7. 75
    If the story is immensely satisfying in a traditional way, the style has its own delights.
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    70
    An acerbically comic fable.
  9. 70
    A mood of anarchic spontaneity and freshness that thrills.
  10. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    An unusual walk down the aisle.
  11. The brusque realism of Kragh-Jacobsen's style -- his careful suppression of style -- allows a surprising sweetness to emerge.
  12. A pow-in-the-kisser kind of movie.
  13. 53
    Might be structured like a soggy house of cards, but it's shot beautifully and acted expertly.
  14. 50
    There are satisfying moments throughout the movie.
  15. Mifune's radical stylings belie its clichéd core.
  16. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    Both enjoyably lighthearted and proof that even the most stridently purist approach to filmmaking can produce a cliched romantic comedy.
  17. Makes up in solid acting what it lacks in Hollywood-type frills.
  18. 40
    Cliched narrative, which isn't funny as often as seems intended.
  19. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    20
    Material so utterly conventional that you can predict every plot turn after the first half-hour.
  20. 20
    Grows increasingly slack and silly.

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