• Released
  • May 29, 2002
  • R , 1 hr 24 min
  • Black Comedy
    Comedy Drama
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Elling Synopsis
Psychiatric patients (Per Christian Ellefsen, Sven Nordin) adjust to life outside their hospital.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A sweet but unsticky comedy from Norway that was one of the five foreign- language nominees at this year's Academy Awards.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
There is a little of all of us in their awkwardness, fears and neuroses, and we root for their success in the mundane as if they were...
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Charms because of its natural, non-magical attitude toward humanity.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Touches smartly and wistfully on a number of themes, not least the notion that the marginal members of society - the ones who get spit out...
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75

New York Post

By Megan Lehmann
A gentle comedy, brimming with hope and faith in human resilience.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

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A charming 2001 Oscar nominee for best foreign-language film.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
An enjoyable experience.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The humor comes from the contrast between Elling's prim value system, obviously reflecting his mother's, and Kjell's shambling,...
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60

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Deftly manages to avoid many of the condescending stereotypes that so often plague films dealing with the mentally ill.
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40

Film Threat

By Phil Hall
If anything saves Elling, it is the trio of supporting performances that are closer to the real world.
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Rated R | For Language and Some Sexual Content