Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    O'Horten is a precise, deadpan drama of slapstick existentialism - a Bent Hamer movie, in other words.
  2. 88
    Odd is played by Baard Owe, a trim, fit man with a neat mustache, who may cause you to think a little of James Stewart, Jacques Tati or Jean Rochefort.
  3. Jack Nicholson's dyspeptic retiree in "About Schmidt" would no doubt identify with O'Horten's entertaining pain.
  4. 83
    Director Bent Hamer ("Factotum") keeps things drily amusing throughout.
  5. 83
    O’Horten feels like a waking dream. It's a film of subtle, insinuating charm, a character study about an eminently sane, reasonable man unsteadily navigating an increasingly insane, unreasonable world.
  6. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    90
    Enlivened with droll wit and framed with robust sensitivity, O'Horten is an amusing and entrancing personal portrait. Succinct in its visualizations and crisp in its pacing, its deferential storytelling is in sync with its Odd subject.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. slim
    Jul 31, 2009
    10
    A touching movie. But not for people who have been ruined by Hollywood gloss, clearly.
  2. Dave
    Jun 25, 2009
    9
    Very entertaining film. Since I"ve seen Kitchen Stories, I knew what to expect and I was not disappointed. May be a bit slow paced for some, Very entertaining film. Since I"ve seen Kitchen Stories, I knew what to expect and I was not disappointed. May be a bit slow paced for some, but I thought it was a very interesting character study. Full Review »
  3. Cat
    May 27, 2009
    3
    Are these reviewers high? This movie was like watching ice melt. It tried to be quirky and offbeat and only succeeded in putting us to sleep. Are these reviewers high? This movie was like watching ice melt. It tried to be quirky and offbeat and only succeeded in putting us to sleep. Every frame was dark, it was perpetual night even when it was day, (welcome to Norway) and the story never got underway. What were they piping into the screening the reviewers saw? Either they were stoned, part of a mass delusion, or money has changed hands. Full Review »