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Based on 21 Reviews
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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

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

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

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

  • 88
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    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 ascending Everest. Elling is still in the running for 2002's most uplifting movie. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The humor comes from the contrast between Elling's prim value system, obviously reflecting his mother's, and Kjell's shambling, disorganized, good-natured assault on life. If Felix and Oscar had been Norwegian, they might have looked something like this. show more

  • 75
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    A gentle comedy, brimming with hope and faith in human resilience. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    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 on the sidewalk with no idea of how it happened - might benefit from a helping hand and a friendly kick in the pants. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    An enjoyable experience. show more

  • 60
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Deftly manages to avoid many of the condescending stereotypes that so often plague films dealing with the mentally ill. show more

  • 40
    Phil Hall Film Threat

    If anything saves Elling, it is the trio of supporting performances that are closer to the real world. show more

  • 50
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    It's a cuckoo's nest that's nicely feathered. show more

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