Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
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  1. There's whimsy and raunchy humor here, but also an underlying sense of darkness and despair.
  2. 80
    Deftly mixing the visual exuberance of “Trainspotting” with the familial pathos of “Angela’s Ashes,” the gifted van Groeningen offers gleeful depictions of drinking contests and naked bicycle races that gradually give way to a sense of moral peril for young Gunther.
  3. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    While The Misfortunates careens with madcap hilarity through the Strobbe's tumultuous lives, it also resonates with its serious story undercurrent. In essence, it is the story of a boy's struggle to survive, and, in this case, evolve.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    If Ken Loach and Roberto Benigni went into a bar, drank themselves into a stupor and emerged the next morning with a screenplay, it might look a lot like The Misfortunates.
  5. Reviewed by: Boyd Van Hoeij
    Calling the Strobbe clan a working-class family would imply that some of its members worked (or had class), but none of the lowlife protags do in the visually robust and often hilarious Flemish tragicomedy The Misfortunates.
  6. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Often very funny, and the rolling remember-when vignettes trump the typical low-country wild-hairy-man sideshows.
  7. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    Adapted from Dimitri Verhulst’s semi-autobiographical novel with a flair that recalls the squalor-and-dazzle visuals of “Trainspotting,” Felix Van Groeningen’s highly entertaining tale is full of hilarity, horror and heartbreak (sometimes within the same scene).
  8. 50
    The acting is super -- these guys know how to be sweet and disgusting -- and the story provides its share of laughs. But after a while, the one-note movie, directed by Felix van Groeningen, grows tiresome.
  9. 50
    The movie has to twist your arm to get you to feel for these people. But you wouldn’t be wrong to think it’s been broken.
  10. They drink at the pub, they drink at home. They drink until they pass out and then, after they have had a good vomit, they drink again. If that sounds too disgusting to watch, it almost is.
  11. The title of The Misfortunates ­really applies to any audiences unlucky enough to sit through it.
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  1. Oct 14, 2011
    A great movie about a guy who makes the same "mistake" his father made. It shows the life of a young boy, Gunther, who grows up in poor circumstances.