Kon Tiki Reviews

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Deborah Ross
The Spectator
December 11, 2014
It's played as such a straight-up-and-down, old-fashioned, formulaic adventure that it lacks any intimacy or feeling and almost can't be bothered with its own characters.
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
April 25, 2013
"Kon-Tiki" ends up being a little underwhelming, lacking the strength that such a story deserves. There are parts of it that work pretty well, but sadly, more often than not, it leaves you feeling adrift.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
December 15, 2014
The cinematography has a stirring beauty, and fish experts can fill their boots, but it's a pity that directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg chose to float such a crudely lashed-together boys' own adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
April 23, 2013
It lacks the fire and eccentricity that we want from our stories of adventurers driven by obsessions that could be seen as egotistical or just plain bonkers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tim Grierson
Screen International
January 10, 2013
Kon-Tiki rarely resonates as strongly as the subject matter would suggest.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 25, 2013
The men are handsome, the sea is pretty and if the sharks look as rubbery as last week's chicken, at least they add some drama - and buckets of sloshing blood and guts - to what otherwise proves a dull affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Cabin
Film Racket
April 25, 2013
the directors feel at once enamored and burdened by the impossibility of the narrative, and spend nearly two hours trying to convince the audience it all really happened
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
May 2, 2013
Unfortunately, sharks and whales aren't the stars of the film, so the movie is a pretty humdrum affair when it focuses on humans, even when actors are playing characters based on real people.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
January 10, 2013
Thor Heyerdahl's legendary rafting expedition gets glossy treatment in this handsome but underwhelming action-adventure.
David Noh
Film Journal International
April 26, 2013
Handsomely produced but indifferently scripted account of one of the most legendary sea voyages.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 3, 2013
Most everyone loves a ripping good sea yarn, so why doesn't Kon-Tiki rip?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jessica Kiang
The Playlist
April 22, 2013
A very enjoyable, if hardly challenging, high-seas adventure tale.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Simon Brookfield
We Got This Covered
February 10, 2013
This Scandinavian import is a lavishly constructed true-to-life epic that stands among the most thrilling and accessible films of this year's Academy Award nominations.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Stefan Pape
HeyUGuys
December 24, 2014
While requiring little effort to get immersed in this tale, such is the strength of this compelling story - if there is one thing to take away from proceedings, it's that it is worth catching this in its original, more authentic form.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
December 19, 2014
Enjoyable but not as exciting as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Nordine
L.A. Weekly
November 26, 2012
Could have used a bit more blood in the water, but its crystal-clear waves are a sight to behold nevertheless.
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
April 20, 2013
If you're in need of a couple of bursts of all-over goosebumps, Kon-Tiki is your surest bet at the moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
May 3, 2013
The characters don't register as much more than genre archetypes, but that doesn't spoil the fun, since the filmmakers re-create the journey in such vivid detail.
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April 25, 2013
A rousing and thoroughly enjoyable Old Hollywood-style adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
James Croot
Flicks.co.nz
May 16, 2013
This is not simply a faithful recreation or hagiographic biopic, but rather widens the focus to include the toll Heyerdahl's obsession.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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