100

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The surface of Oslo, August 31st is as cool and crystalline as a Scandinavian lake, but at its core is a benevolence for the life we all share and tears for the man who can no longer share in it.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Oslo, August 31st is quietly, profoundly, one of the most observant and sympathetic films I've seen.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Trier's compassion for what it takes to survive, mixed with the love he bestows on Oslo, is rewardingly profound.
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88

Slant Magazine

The evocation of things ending suffuses the film with melancholy, as Anders increasingly becomes an observant rather than a participant in his own life.
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Trier's all in a calendar-day conceit gives Oslo, August 31a clean, clear structure, and yet it doesn't hem it in.
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88

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Despite its themes, Oslo, August 31st is an exhilarating film, with impeccable direction and pitch-perfect performances that make the bleakness worthwhile.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Trier's voice and vision, are thrillingly unique. His ever-searching camera, which never stops moving, takes us into places we've never been, know too well and won't soon forget.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
As it winds down to its quiet, haunting finale, Oslo, August 31st illustrates how all of us, even the most damaged and broken people, have a purpose to fulfill.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The impressive thing that Oslo, August 31st does is that it somehow relates what Anders is going through to the city of Oslo in general. Anders is not a metaphor for Oslo - that would be cheap and silly. Rather, he is just one more story in the naked city, and we see him against the backdrop of other people, having quite different lives.
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70

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
The movie falls somewhere between the austere and the playful.
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84 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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