Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Aug 23, 2012
    83
    A gigantic physique hides the fragile man beneath and Matthiesen ably follows the journey of that persona as it tunnels through mounds of muscle to reach the surface. In essence, the lion finds his courage.
  2. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Aug 23, 2012
    80
    Kold single-handedly carries the film, with his quietly powerful portrayal of a gentle soul in a giant's body.
  3. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Aug 23, 2012
    75
    This wispy story is distinguished by its sweetness of spirit, and it comes straight from Kold.
  4. Reviewed by: Elise Nakhnikian
    Aug 20, 2012
    63
    From its title to its closing caress, Mads Matthiesen's film skates perilously close to the cliff's edge of mawkish sentiment.
  5. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Aug 22, 2012
    75
    There's nothing surprising about the arc of Kold's story, but Matthiesen and his cast have created a believable space, and that ultimately helps give Teddy Bear the tension of a fine suspense film once Kold sits down across the kitchen table from Steentoft to speak his mind at last.
  6. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Aug 21, 2012
    70
    Mr. Matthiesen has a way of consistently and gently upending expectations, sometimes with humor.
  7. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Aug 21, 2012
    80
    It's only a slight exaggeration to say Kold gives what may be the performance of the year - one that not only offsets the movie's momentary dips into self-conscious quirkiness but adds a genuine sweetness to the proceedings. Forget the muscles; he brings the heart and soul.
  8. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Aug 20, 2012
    50
    The low-key drama is well crafted and likable as far as it goes, but there's not enough narrative impetus or depth to maintain more than passing viewer interest.
  9. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Aug 21, 2012
    70
    These self-imposed limitations prevent Teddy Bear from having the breadth of a great work, but they give it the coherence of a good tale, simply told.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Sep 30, 2012
    7
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