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Swiss Army Man

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United States, Sweden · 2016
1h 37m
Director Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan
Starring Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Antonia Ribero
Genre Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Alone on a deserted island, Hank has given up all hope of making it home again. But one day everything changes when a dead body washes ashore. Armed with his new “friend” and an unusual bag of tricks, the duo go on an epic adventure to bring Hank back to the woman of his dreams.

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IndieWire by Eric Kohn

This is pop art by way of lowbrow slapstick, with a premise that suggests "Cast Away" meets "Weekend at Bernie's," but really feels like a lunatic's idea of a big, broad studio comedy — or maybe a mad scientist's.


The Guardian by Jordan Hoffman

It’s coarse and it’s stupid, but it is, thanks mostly the two good performances and some stylish use of music and editing, a little bit moving.


The Film Stage by Jordan Raup

Swiss Army Man is an exceptionally unusual, one-of-a-kind achievement, worthy to seek out for that factor alone. However, if as much time was spent on refining the script as was the world-building, this could have been a magical realism fever dream like few others.


Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

A ridiculously infantile film, one that flatters itself by intimating a deeper comment about suppressed masculinity or romantic passivity.


Consequence by Justin Gerber

Frenzied, kinetic filmmaking is hit or miss, but The Daniels are showcasing their talents as opposed to showing off.


The Hollywood Reporter by Leslie Felperin

It’s entirely to the directors and the two lead actors’ credit that what sounds like a bunch of overextended body humor gags of the most juvenile variety evolve, by sheer repetitious attrition, into something bizarrely poetic and strangely touching.


Variety by Peter Debruge

At times deliriously dynamic, at others patience-grating in the extreme, the constantly inventive film fires off ideas that are as exhilarating as anything American audiences will see all year, only to lag in long swells on either side.


The Playlist by Russ Fischer

Swiss Army Man is a big swing — there's no denying the risk in putting two well-known actors in a film where one plays a barely-mobile corpse — but also a big whiff that rarely connects its characters and situations to humor or empathy.


Screen Daily by Tim Grierson

Swiss Army Man is a powerfully audacious and wilfully odd odyssey that is too nervy and strangely emotional to dismiss outright but, ultimately, isn’t satisfying enough to provoke a full-throated defence, either.

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