Ryan Conde’s review published on Letterboxd:
This movie should pretty much take home the award for Best International Feature Film at the Academy Awards this year and it's not really hard to see why. While I don't love this movie like a lot of other people do I still think it's a really great film. The only two issues I had with the film were that the story at times became a little predictable and I wish the first half of the film was paced better but other than that I loved pretty much everything else about this movie. The story is still very told well and engaging, the cinematography is fantastic, the musical score is great, the direction is amazing, the editing is brilliant, the characters are all likable and memorable, the humor can get some good chuckles, the film feels really real and captures the serious dangers of alcoholism, the themes are thought-provoking and challenging, the dramatic moments are strong, effective and even kind of powerful, and the performances are stellar from everyone with Mads Mikkelsen being the standout and doing a perfect job with his role. I don't really have much more to say here. This is just a great movie that everyone needs to see. So happy that it's gotten more attention because it really does deserve it and I can't wait to check out more of Thomas Vinterberg's films in the future. If you haven't seen this movie yet then go and watch it. I can guarantee that you won't regret it and fingers crossed that it will grab that Best International Feature Film award later this month.