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Jackpot (2014)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 35
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 13

With plenty of dark humor to leaven the bloody mayhem, Jackpot is an entertaining murder mystery with a suitably quirky Scandinavian twist.


Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1

With plenty of dark humor to leaven the bloody mayhem, Jackpot is an entertaining murder mystery with a suitably quirky Scandinavian twist.



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Based on a story by Norway's leading crime novelist Jo NesbÝ, Jackpot is a Coen Brothers-inspired take on homicidal greed and betrayal, Scandinavian-style. When Christmas tree factory supervisor Oscar Svendsen wakes up terrified and bloody in a strip joint, with a shotgun in his hand and eight corpses surrounding him, he's clearly going to have a lot of explaining to do. Under the intense interrogation of hard-boiled detective SolÝr, Oscar begins piecing together the unbelievable story of how he


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Magnus Martens, Jo Nesbo

Aug 25, 2014


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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (13)

Unabashedly derivative but nonetheless entertaining.

June 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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As an absurdist suspense film, "Jackpot" mostly hits its marks. As a comedy, it's less successful, stronger on sight gags than on the detective's sarcasm.

June 26, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Certainly, a lot of blood is spilled in the name of laughs. There's only one problem with its broad attempts at grotesque comedy: Jackpot simply isn't funny.

June 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Blood-spattered crime comedy benefits from whip-smart pacing and quirky Scandinavian attitude.

June 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter
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Martens punctuates proceedings with moments of black humour and sudden, shocking violence, while the sheer frequency of twists, double-crosses and switchbacks keep the plot rattling along.

August 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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In his sophomore feature, helmer Martens delivers on the promise he displayed in his debut, United, creating a stylish and pacey action-comedy full of spot-on performances, inspired but gruesome gags, with crack comic timing and barbed dialogue.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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"Jackpot" plays like an over-the-top story told by a drunken film fan at a bar: "Dude, I just saw this movie and it was CRAZY. You have to see it." Trust me, you don't.

June 27, 2014 Full Review Source:

Here is a mean-spirited movie about bad-hearted people in which the central question seems to be which of these characters is the nastiest of the lot.

June 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

Capable, candy-colored, often giddily gruesome Euro-action from Norway, replete with lottery winnings, double-crosses, discreet vivisection and a shootout in a strip club called "Pink Heaven" with a single survivor whom the police want explanations from.

June 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Newcity

It's probably a good thing that the characters are so unlikeably dumb in Magnus Martens' violent black comedy Jackpot. You don't want to become attached to any of these guys. They tend to disappear quicker than cast members on Game of Thrones.

June 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Herald (IL)
Daily Herald (IL)

Jackpot feels more like Guy Ritchie than the Coen brothers. It revels in moronic violence, unleavened by playfulness or wit.

June 24, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Chronically let down by a lack of character development, with no spark at the off to get the whole thing rolling.

September 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

The recent influx of Scandanavian thrillers and murder mysteries gets an amusingly grimy entry.

September 13, 2012 Full Review Source:

Jackpot lacks the breakneck narrative drive of the previous Nesbo screen adaptation, the terrific Headhunters, but keeps things gripping with its own share of sick twists and grisly gags.

August 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

A true "black comedy" if ever there was one.

August 15, 2012 Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia)
ABC Radio (Australia)

Short but not at all sweet, this is a dark but nevertheless entertaining crime drama.

August 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

[A] highly entertaining Scandinavian thriller...

August 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Some may find it sickly amusing.

August 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

[H]as some outrageously, disgustingly funny moments -- I laughed a lot, in isolated bursts -- but it's lacking that certain oomph that makes it unquestionably brilliant.

August 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

It lays on lashings of crim-bickering and jauntily scored arterial spurting when all you can stomach is some crispbread.

August 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian

One of the patchier entries in Scandinavian noir's recent purple patch.

August 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

As straightforward - and disposable - as an airport paperback.

August 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

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