No Such Thing

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MGM Released 2002

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Director:
Hal Hartley
Released:
2002
Rating:
R
No Such Thing begins with an introduction to the furry Monster (Robert Burke), who is afflicted with bouts of serious depression. When Beatrice's (Sarah Polley) fiance goes missing while hunting for the Monster, the young television reporter from New York decides to track him down herself. After receiving permission from her boss to go to Iceland, Beatrice begins the harrowing journey. Along the way she finds herself in a myriad of comical situations, before she finds the Monster and quickly befriends him. The resulting relationship revolves around Beatrice's attempts to help ease the Monster's suffering, while learning from his perspective on the modern world he sees around him. No Such Thing is a joint Icelandic/United States film from director Hal Hartley. Incorporating elements of both slapstick comedy and realism, the film features a satirical look on modern-day society, and includes hints of inspiration from classic fairy tales such as Beauty and the Beast.

Metacritic Score

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Not everyone, for sure, is going to be able or willing to go the distance in this ambitious but exceedingly offbeat epic, which is great-looking and has a sweeping romantic score b...

  • 40

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    More abrasively quirky than a lesser Bjork B-side, though the hideous monster who co-stars hails from Iceland, too.

  • 10

    Variety Derek Elley

    Deadly dull in stretches, and just plain embarrassing in others.

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