The movie finds its warmest and its best comedic moments exploring the dynamic between this unlikely trio: the shy, uncertain kid; the sex-obsessed cad who couldn't care at all about him; and the uncle who's trying to care but has no idea how to connect with him.
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It's startlingly funny in an uncomfortable, envelope-pushing way that's all the more effective for how it sneaks up on you.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
The premise, and the hijinks that follow, are about as outrageous as anything in today's crop of raunchy comedies. But Nørgaard offers them with a much drier wit than Hollywood typically delivers.
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Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
Marvel at the audacity of Nørgaard and his cast, of how far they are willing to go for a laugh. It's a bumpy ride, but for those with the stomach for it, it's an entertaining one.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Klown, a comedy from Denmark about two men on a canoe trip who descend into all sorts of desperate debauchery, demonstrates how the semi-improv, jitter-cam mode of filmmaking has gone from being a style to a tic - a way to disguise how unreal a movie can be.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Klown turns out to be one long, brutal life lesson for Hvam's hapless character until it finally crosses the line into just plain creepy at the end.
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Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
For all its episodic, gleeful inappropriateness, the movie Klown most resembles - not that it tries to or anything - is Alexander Payne's half-soused flight from maturity, "Sideways."
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Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Penis-obsessed, man-child film comedies can crown a new king: the Danish import Klown.
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Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
It can seem sometimes that Hollywood has a monopoly on stupid, obnoxious comedy. Anyone who sees Klown will learn otherwise. Comedy can be just as stupid and obnoxious in Danish.
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Slant Magazine

By Bill Weber
An ostensible Danish "Hangover" that more closely resembles "Two and a Half Men" with nudity and unexpurgated dick jokes.
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62 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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