Headhunters Reviews

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 28, 2012
"Headhunters" is an absurd amount of grisly fun, which is a good thing, since, looked at in any great detail, it probably doesn't hold up all that well.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 31, 2012
By film's end, we're deep into Coen brothers territory, with an extra splash of Sam Raimi-level gore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 24, 2012
"Headhunters" isn't a pretty film, and it doesn't always entirely make sense, but it races along like a man chased by killers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 24, 2012
'Headhunters" is a frighteningly well-made thriller about an amoral art thief on the run.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 18, 2012
Like a Teutonic techno band, this thriller is both skillfully familiar and chillingly strange.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
May 18, 2012
"Headhunters" is a bit like an Ikea desk assembled with your nondominant arm -- sleek and attractive, but likely to fall to pieces if you look at it too hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 18, 2012
"Headhunters" will indeed hand you your head.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
May 11, 2012
A cat-and-mouse game with the giddy excitement of a heist movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 10, 2012
It's crisp entertainment even as plot absurdities gum up the works - you can almost hear the pages turn as you watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
May 10, 2012
The scenes of graphic violence are drawn out to the point where they overwhelm the story.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 10, 2012
When we get the remake in a year or two, I hope it retains the edge and compact energy of director Morten Tyldum's movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 10, 2012
I knew I was being manipulated and didn't care. It was a pleasure to see how well it was being done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
May 8, 2012
Clearly, there are streaks of farce in all this, as well as serious cracks in logic, and those who like their black comedy done to a crisp will happily feast on what Tyldum dishes up.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
May 4, 2012
Headhunters is slick and spritely, a mixture of corporate skullduggery and low-life slapstick that plays like The Firm meets Blood Simple.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
May 3, 2012
"Headhunters" is a well-oiled, nasty machine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 3, 2012
That's some good acting by Hennie, but it's also good writing by co-scribes Lars Gudmestad and Ulf Ryberg. They freshen up familiar caper and thriller tropes, adapting the bestselling prose Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 2, 2012
This Norwegian thriller has a winning cutthroat perversity.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 28, 2012
At a time when many mystery thrillers fall apart in the final fifteen minutes, Headhunters maintains its integrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 27, 2012
The sex, nudity and violence are nonstop, but that's what makes "Headhunters" exciting entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
April 26, 2012
Brown's panic is capably rendered, but his ordeals are not worth enduring to the bitter end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 26, 2012
"Headhunters" is smart, funny, scary and surprising, so it's hardly any wonder that an American version is in the works. The big question is whether the remake can measure up.
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April 26, 2012
The film has some fairly grisly violence, but also considerable humor and the sort of intricate, thought-through storytelling you'd expect from Hitchcock or the Coen brothers.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 26, 2012
"Headhunters" is a dark adult entertainment, a wild and bloody adrenaline rush of a movie that deals in gleeful grotesqueness and over-the-top implausibilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Sam Adams
AV Club
April 26, 2012
Headhunters' title rapidly turns literal, and what seemed like a lightweight heist thriller careens into a bloody-minded game of cat and mouse.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
April 24, 2012
Though the film wraps up its spinning-plates narrative a little too neatly, this is still a Scandi-noir to die for.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
April 24, 2012
Plenty of twisty scripting makes the queasy damage seem conceptually neat and tidy, as if that's a good idea, but what we need here is a little more meat.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 23, 2012
The compact Hennie is a wonderful actor, smoothly congenial when confident, uproarious when rattled. And he will be rattled-as well as stabbed, shorn, bitten, mangled, and worse.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
April 3, 2012
Always deliriously entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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William Goss
MSN Movies
October 3, 2011
What begins as a slick anti-hero outing soon becomes a brazenly entertaining cat-and-mouse thriller.