Los Angeles (dpa) - US critics were full of praise for German comedy "Toni Erdmann" ahead of the hit film's United States premiere this Christmas weekend.
The New York Times called it "by a wide margin the funniest almost-three-hour German comedy you will ever see."
"It is, most simply but also most elusively, a sweet and thorny tale of father-daughter bonding with a finely honed edge of generational conflict, propelled by two extraordinarily natural, utterly fearless performances," the reviewer continued.
The Hollywood Reporter termed it "the world's first genuinely funny, 162-minute German comedy of embarrassment."
Director Maren Ade's film about a father-daughter relationship was nominated for several top international awards including a Golden Globe.
"Toni Erdmann" took best European film honours at a European Film Academy gala in Poland earlier this month.
The film is also on the shortlist for an Oscar for best foreign language film.
It is due to hit a select number of screens in Los Angeles this weekend ahead of a planned wider US distribution in January.