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      The Green Butchers

      R Released Mar 8, 2003 1h 40m Comedy Drama List
      63% Tomatometer 27 Reviews 83% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings The owners (Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas) of an organic-meat shop attract unsuspecting customers with a special cut that is actually human flesh. Read More Read Less
      The Green Butchers

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      The Green Butchers isn't exactly grade A, but this dark comedy carves some genuinely satisfying moments out of a story that finds genuine emotion in a gory premise.

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      Peter Howell Toronto Star The subject is so grim you may find that you've forgotten to laugh. Rated: 2/4 Feb 11, 2005 Full Review Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune Gruesome as it may sound, Butchers is a likeable, well-made film and a genuine comedy. Rated: 3/4 Feb 3, 2005 Full Review Michael Booth Denver Post You might not want to dine with this group, especially if they brought the meat. But it's OK to play with the knives a little. Rated: 3/4 Jan 28, 2005 Full Review Film Threat Rated: 3.5/5 Dec 6, 2005 Full Review Bill Chambers Film Freak Central For a comedy, that most culturally-specific of genres, the Danish production travels remarkably well Rated: 2.5/4 Feb 18, 2005 Full Review Phil Villarreal Arizona Daily Star Denmark may not have any Coen brothers, but it does have one Anders Thomas Jensen, and he's more than enough. Rated: 3/4 Feb 17, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      R 9 Sweeney Todd... if he were a butcher?* I watched this as part of my run through Mads Mikkelsen's filmography, but it may as well be a Nikolaj Lie Kaas 'watchathon' given how often he has appeared - not that I'm complaining, I like him as an actor. Him and Mikkelsen (how about that trim!) are terrific all the way through this 2003 flick. The story is a surprisingly simple one but is one that never bores or overstays its welcome, the 90 or so minute run time is perfectly selected in that regard. It's a pretty messed up story but an entertaining one at that, you can probably predict large portions from a certain point - yet even then there are still bits that are against that grain. Humour-wise it's solid if not spectacular, though a lot of it is naturally likely lost in translation... it still has its moments, mind. Elsewhere, I enjoyed the score a fair amount, it reminded me ever so slightly of a tiny bit of music from 2011's (outstanding) 'Source Code'. In short: 'The Green Butchers' is excellent. I'd personally recommend that you check it out. *looks like Andy Milligan and John Miranda did just that 33 years prior this with 'Bloodthirsty Butchers'... kudos! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 10/03/23 Full Review Wolfgang G Dänische Delikatessen ist eine dänische Filmkomödie, besser gesagt eine Makabre und groteske schwarze Komödie. Drehbuch und Regie Anders Thomas Jensen, er ist auch für die Filme „Men & Chicken" und „Adams Äpfel" bekannt. Die beiden Hauptdarsteller Nikolaj Lie Kaas als „nette lieber Scheusal (Bjarne) und zurückgeblieben Zwillingsbruder ( Eigil)" Mads Mikkelsen (Svend) als „neurotischer Pedant", spielen ihre Rollen ausgezeichnet. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 08/25/22 Full Review dave s While it doesn't always hit the mark and stretches credibility somewhat, The Green Butchers is an entertaining and very dark comedy about cannibalism. Svend, who suffers from some psychological issues, and Bjorne, who is perpetually broke, are a pair of butchers who decide to open their own shop. To their disappointment, the shop draws no customers…until they start serving human flesh to their unknowing clientele. The Green Butchers is as deadpan as deadpan gets, filled with lethal, droll one-liners and subtle sight gags. It does get a bit repetitive as the parade of frozen corpses on meat hooks progresses, but it is strangely compelling and flat out funny at times...and not as gruesome as one would think. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member This is likely my favorite foreign film, and definitely my favorite foreign comedy. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the best foreign comedies I have seen. While at first impression it strikes as more of a grim kind-of-creepy film, it has many hilarious elements. The psychology of the characters is pretty well constructed and sustained throughout the story. I had a great time watching it, and after seeing the ending, it added a plus comedy-wise to all of the grim-ish situations that had happened before. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Dark, hilarious, and bizarre. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis The owners (Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas) of an organic-meat shop attract unsuspecting customers with a special cut that is actually human flesh.
      Anders Thomas Jensen
      Production Co
      M&M Productions
      R (Language|Drug Use|Disturbing Images)
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Mar 8, 2003, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 22, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      1h 40m
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