The Seagull's Laughter


Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18

Critic Reviews

  1. 88
    An uncommonly engaging comedy with ripe tragic undertones.
  2. A delicious pitch-dark Icelandic comedy centering on a femme fatale so enigmatic it brings into question just how fatale she may actually be.
  3. It's no easy trick to invite viewers into an utterly bleak setting populated by the dissatisfied and small-minded. But a droll script and generally deft direction make the Icelandic chill surprisingly inviting.
  4. 75
    Seagulls is easy to take, insightful and darkly funny. The story sometimes seems forced and the characters stereotypical, but the engaging cast and surreal shots of the rugged landscape compensate.
  5. 75
    Solid acting anchors "Laughter," but it's Margret Vilhjalmsdottir and Ugla Egilsdottir as Freya and Agga who carry the load.
  6. 75
    Some scenes drag, but Seagull's Laughter is still delightful.
  7. The offbeat drama The Seagull's Laughter is the kind of movie I appreciate because it never announces where it's headed.
  8. 75
    Lively and beautiful filmmaking. It may leave you scratching your head, but it shouldn't leave you cold.
  9. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    A sprightly, enjoyable comedy-drama from veteran Agust Gudmundsson that's buoyed by a raft of excellent distaff performances.
  10. 70
    Mr. Gudmundsson has created a sleek, light and entertaining work, with a few contrasting pockets of darkness and mystery.
  11. Flirting intriguingly with film noir conventions, the film never really achieves a coherent tone in its depiction of the complicated and sometimes fatal series of events that arise.
  12. 67
    Funny weird and funny ha-ha go hand in hand in this small Icelandic town, apparently: It's a nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there.
  13. Terribly slight and a little off.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. MaryLeeD.
    Jul 3, 2006
    Very well done. Great cinematography. Arresting plot. Humorous yet darkly compelling.
  2. ChadS.
    Jan 24, 2006
    The photography here is so crisp, the tone so chipper, when a bit of nasty business occurs in "The Seagull's Laughter", it seems to have The photography here is so crisp, the tone so chipper, when a bit of nasty business occurs in "The Seagull's Laughter", it seems to have been flown in from another movie. Iceland seems to be playing the role of Ireland in one of those cute smalltown Irish comedies like "The Snapper" and "Waking Ned Devine". Iceland doesn't seem like a bad place to visit as seen through this filmmaker's lens. When Freyja(Margret Vilhjalmsdottir) complains about the environs as being unlivable, we'd better believe her if she existed in the diegesis of Baltasar Komasur's "The Sea", or "101 Reykjavik". Nice ending, though. As Agga, Ugla Egilsdottir looks a lot like Christina Ricci, and we wonder if her narration was trustworthy. Full Review »