Under solen


Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18

Critic Reviews

  1. 88
    Movies like this are not for everyone, but arrive like private messages for their own particular audiences.
  2. Simple, earnest and workmanlike, it sings of Olof, glad and big, and how he lost his -- well, we can't say what he lost.
  3. Makes a virtue of its own simplicity. But don't be fooled. That simplicity is mere cover. You're kept wondering about the outcome until the very end.
  4. Casts a lovely spell, as warm and seductive as its summertime setting.
  5. Swedish cinema has been famous for a number of things: beautiful actresses, fine sexy psychological dramas, natural settings, cinematic bawdiness and a touch of melancholy. Under the Sun fits that profile well.
  6. A charming, finely nuanced romance.
  7. 75
    Under the Sun doesn't intend to be dramatic, much less melodramatic. This beautiful film just wants to capture life's simplicity.
  8. This modest drama is the art-house equivalent of comfort food: satisfying in its familiarity.
  9. Gentle and gorgeous, honoring atmosphere over attitude.
  10. 70
    A touching coming-of-age story from Sweden, made interesting by the fact that the protagonist is a lonely, middle-aged farmer rather than an adolescent.
  11. Ultimately, it's the casting and the story that are too good to be true. If a newspaper's classified ad section could document a success like this one, there would never be a slump.
  12. Reviewed by: Gunnar Rehlin
    A celebration of traditional, detailed filmmaking.
  13. The performances are likable and there's nothing really wrong with the story -- other than the fact that Nutley hardly has any story to tell.
  14. 50
    The kind of quotidian pastoral -- about a simple, honest peasant who finds the greatest love of all -- that the Academy invariably finds irresistible.
  15. All three lead actors are adroit; but the story, adapted from a short story by H.E. Bates, is both contrived and not very well told.
  16. Sugary but well-acted little emotional button-presser.
  17. 30
    It has the melancholy mildew of both "Marty" and the 1940's weepie "The Enchanted Cottage."
  18. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Try as they might, the two central performers can never overcome the film's underdeveloped core, and are left flailing about amid Nutley's listless, glacial pacing.

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