“Director Mikkel Norgaard Makes This Foreign Comedy Feel Fresh And Pushes These Characters To A Point That No One Wants To Find Themselves At.”
Essentially, this is a Scandinavian version of The Hangover, but maybe the planned American remake won't pretend to be something it's not.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
It's actually rather sweet, in its raunchy way.
Neil Genzlinger - New York Times
It can seem sometimes that Hollywood has a monopoly on stupid, obnoxious comedy. Anyone who sees "Klown" will learn otherwise.
Mark Feeney - Boston Globe
Raunchy dude comedy is hardly the sole province of American cinema, as Klown all too dispiritingly reconfirms.
Nick Schager - Village Voice
...a reasonably enjoyable and not entirely dumb raunch comedy of awkwardness until it disastrously overplays its hand in the final two minutes.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
Its deliberate aversion to good taste is the biggest gag of all, and the source of its claim to infamy; yet running beneath the grossness, and the calamitous bonhomie, is a quiet streak of despair.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
Think of all the gags you think might go too far, and then watch as Norgaard takes them even further.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Mikkel Norgaard serves up an edgy brew that skewers just about everything Danish in sight, including the Dogma style of cinema, which comes off as increasingly passe.
Robert Koehler - Variety
Ultra-raunchy, sometimes hilarious...
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
KLOWN is a one of the most comically aggressive films you will ever see.
Chase Whale - Film.com
Anyone in the market for a good dose of bad taste should make a point of checking this out.
William Goss - Film.com
Each gag has added appeal because it contains an uneasy humor that's often explored but never fully exploited in these parts.
Eric Kohn - indieWIRE
Story of a man's ill-concieved attempt to prove his merit as a father benefits from Frank Hvam's dry comic performance.
John DeFore - Hollywood Reporter
At its best, it's a sly dismantling of a familiar comedy template built on male cluelessness and female responsibility.
Sheri Linden - Los Angeles Times
Situational comedies need some believability to be effective, and too many gags in Klown feel like punchlines whose set-ups were engineered in reverse...
Landon Palmer - Film School Rejects
In its cheerfully offensive and bizarre way, Klown is often funny.
Aside from its standout scenes Klown is underpowered, content to coast on the easy chemistry between its leads.
- Little White Lies
Ultimately, Klown is just a comedy, and an excruciatingly funny one at that, even if at times it does veer into somewhat uncomfortable territory.
Stefan Pape - HeyUGuys
Denmark's charmless answer to The Hangover crosses the line between gross-out and just plain gross.
Jamie Russell - Total Film
A grim, desperately unfunny parade of dick jokes, masturbation jokes, dick jokes, paedophilia jokes, dick jokes, rape jokes, gay jokes and dick jokes
Tom Huddleston - Time Out
A gleefully rude Danish wronging-of-age comedy.
Simon Crook - Empire Magazine
Each and every situation here is designed to make viewers squirm -- and, as a side effect, laugh out of shock and discomfort.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
A raunchy shock comedy through and through, one in which nearly every major laugh involves, in one way or another, male genitalia. Or, in one case, an index finger.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
There are certainly laughs to be had here, but maybe Klown was more effective (and funnier) in thirty-minute doses on TV than dragged out to feature length.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
Klown is another comedy that wrings most of its laughs from the premise that in the absence of a civilizing female presence males are apt to revert to despicable and idiotic behavior.
Brent Simon - Shockya.com
The degree of difficulty is very high with this uncomfortable comedy. I cringed with laughter throughout.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Raunchy, awkward, over-the-top and fun.
Will McCord - Paste Magazine
Great Danes 'Klown' Around
James Verniere - Boston Herald
It isn't art, it's will-o-the-wisp thin, but it might well make you squirt your soda through your nose.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Denmark's answer to Curb Your Enthusiasm, with vestiges of Dogme 95.
Brett Michel - Boston Phoenix
The screenplay wades through a stream of absurd situations during the trip, but they're treated with an earnest, understated hand that keeps the focus on the characters.
Robert Levin - amNewYork
At some point, someone will write the history of this modern comedy of the uncomfortable, and when they do, I hope they devote an entire chapter to 'Klown.'
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
KLOWN may not necessarily garner Casper and Frank too many new fans, yet it will most likely please the target audience with its raunchy and sardonic humor.
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Frank and Casper (the characters and the writers both) err by devoting themselves to building up these sorry specimens of masculinity rather than deconstructing them to see what makes them tick -- or throb, as the case may be.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Klovn is something like Sideways, with prostitutes and cheap hookups taking the place of Pinot Noir
Jordan Hoffman - About.com
The cast of "Klown" is a who's who in Danish entertainment and the actors use their own names to name their characters. It is very clever, but only to those familiar with Danish TV and cinema, making this a hit in Denmark, but not here.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Klown feels instantly fresh, taking bold chances with its characters and gags that pay off in uproariously funny and sometimes heartrending moments.
Joel Arnold - NPR
"Klown's" makers often mistakes shock tactics and socially unacceptable behavior for funny and frequently throw logic out the window to make their setups work. Oddly, its sweet side is far more successful than its raunchy one...
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Whenever Klown hits, it's hysterical.
Noel Murray - AV Club
It's startlingly funny in an uncomfortable, envelope-pushing way that's all the more effective for how it sneaks up on you - its shocking gags are folded into a low-key, semi-realistic style like a Dogme 95 take on The Hangover.
Alison Willmore - Movieline
Klown is funny, the characters inexplicably appealing, and its portrait of Denmark an unexpected "reveal." So why do we feel icky having laughed and learned?
Rex Roberts - Film Journal International
An ostensible Danish Hangover that more closely resembles Two and a Half Men with nudity and unexpurgated dick jokes.
Bill Weber - Slant Magazine
The comedy is dark in ways that Hollywood won't ever touch.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
Every seemingly happy resolution sets up the next catastrophe.
Steve Dollar - GreenCine
While the jokes are utterly immature, the film actually offers a surprisingly mature portrait of masculinity in all its wondrous insecurities.
Matt Singer - IFC.com
I wouldn't say you need a strong stomach to handle some of the bits, but you certainly need to be able to have a sense of humor about some things that are legitimately awful.
Adam Charles - Film School Rejects
A bold film for people who aren't afraid to laugh at a movie that cheerfully breaks all sense of civility and decorum.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
[VIDEO ESSAY] Easily the most ribald and politically incorrect comedy to come out of the 21st century's second decade so far, Mikkel Norgaard's "Klown" hits funny bones you didn't know you had.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com