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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.