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88
All movies are manipulative by default; the effectiveness of that manipulation is the more valid measurement to inspect. On that scale, A Man Called Ove is a morbidly funny and moving success.
83
Holm's adaptation is a darkly funny, tragic, and ultimately heartwarming tearjerker about the life of one lonely but extraordinary man.
75
A Man Called Ove has some tear-jerking moments, but the film is so carefully designed - with long, circular takes that seem to surround the main characters at crucial fateful points - that technique often triumphs over sentimentality.
75
Sweet and flinty in roughly equal measure, the movie's a big hit in its native country.
70
A Man Called Ove - preaching tolerant togetherness as the key to happiness - earns its sentimentality by striking a delicate balance between barking-mad comedy and syrupy melodrama.
70
Incorporating fluid flashbacks and snippets of narration that refreshingly serve to enhance rather than distract, director-writer Hannes Holm maintains a gentle, lyrical flow while coaxing fine performances from a diverse cast.
67
The Playlist
It's hard to resist the joy of the film, the unbridled heart, and Ove's tremendous, hilarious hatred for all the idiots of the world.
63
Slant Magazine
It's emotionally manipulative, but its two leads find a core of humanity even in the most calculating plot machinations.
60
Starting out with a bracing, off-kilter wryness, Ove moves steadily, and disappointingly, toward the crowd-pleasing center.
50
The New York Times
Good-hearted stuff, to be sure, but mainly of interest to lovers of cinematic comfort food.

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