Kon-Tiki is a widescreen man-against-nature epic, beautifully shot and boasting seamless, stunning visual effects.
| Original Score: 3/4
"Kon-Tiki" is awesome in the true sense of the word: You sit in awe of the bravery, audacity, stupidity and natural power on display. Ah, to imagine and dream. And to go forth.
| Original Score: A
How much is fiction and how much is deliberate confusion?
Upbeat and less exciting than you might wish, though it could be a good adventure film for older kids.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A thrilling introduction to one of the more remarkable adventures of the post-World War II world.
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.
Most everyone loves a ripping good sea yarn, so why doesn't Kon-Tiki rip?
| Original Score: 2/4
Part history lesson, part classic adventure tale and often stunning to watch.
"Kon-Tiki" is stalwart and uplifting and there are passing moments of wonder.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
The film harks back to the era of "Swiss Family Robinson," when films were like well-made hospital beds, all four corners neatly tucked.
While the wind goes out of its sails a few times along the way, this is a ravishingly photographed, old-fashioned man-against-the-elements adventure epic propelled by human-scaled heroics.
It's a terrifically engaging throwback to the uplifting, irony-free, outdoorsy '60s Disney yarns ...
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
"Kon-Tiki" is a ripping yarn torn from yesterday's headlines.
| Original Score: 4/5
A rousing and thoroughly enjoyable Old Hollywood-style adventure.
| Original Score: 7.5/10
The top-notch adventure tale "Kon-Tiki" is an old-fashioned entertainment, complete with a lead who physically recalls Peter O'Toole in "Lawrence of Arabia."
One of the goals of a great outdoor epic is to keep you breathless with wonder. Technically, dramatically and cinematically awesome, Kon-Tiki delivers in spades.
The film's message is sometimes clouded by sentiment, but mainly, we're told to follow our heads and our sextants, a good thing to hear on occasion.
A visually impeccable, professionally crafted modern vessel that lacks any of the patched-together soul of its subject.
Thor Heyerdahl's legendary rafting expedition gets glossy treatment in this handsome but underwhelming action-adventure.
Could have used a bit more blood in the water, but its crystal-clear waves are a sight to behold nevertheless.