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Mýrin (Jar City) (2006)

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94

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 36
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 2

A sublimely directed thriller, Jar City combines murder mystery, family drama and ample bits of Icelandic culture into a fascinating cinematic experience.

100

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 0

A sublimely directed thriller, Jar City combines murder mystery, family drama and ample bits of Icelandic culture into a fascinating cinematic experience.

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In 1974, a young Icelandic girl met a grim fate at the hands of a murderer -- and the crime was never solved. So begins celebrated director Baltasar Kormákur's procedural thriller Jar City (or Mýrin), adapted from Icelandic writer Arnaldur Indridason's 2000 best-seller, Tainted Blood. In the present day, the jaded and exhausted detective Erlendur (Ingvar E. Sigurdsson) begins to investigate a link between that notorious unsolved crime and the homicide of a local thug, Holberg (Thorsteinn

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All Critics (39) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (2) | DVD (1)

A satisfying, altogether distinctive piece of filmmaking.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Tremendously acted and shot with memorable confidence, Jar City deserves a much wider release than it's apparently going to get.

July 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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Terrifically acted, expertly shot and painstakingly paced, Jar City investigates deeper, darker themes. And Erlendur is a reminder that homicide detectives don't save lives so much as exhume the meanings of violence.

June 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Director Baltasar Kormakur interweaves taciturn Scandinavian humor and morbid violence for a unique combination of flavors.

April 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The story, based on a best-selling novel, has familiar overtones; but Kormakur overcomes them with stylish direction.

February 29, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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The picture of Iceland that emerges in Baltasar Kormákur's Jar City is vivid and powerful but not something the country's tourist board would be likely to endorse.

February 29, 2008
New York Times
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Unnerving and emotional, this police thriller has an unnerving breadth and depth, as a murder case opens a decades-old inquiry that brings all kinds of dark creepiness with it. It's like an Icelandic twist on Seven.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Kormákur, who made the highly original 101 Reykjavik, is clearly saying something pessimistic about his homeland and, as a film-maker, has the means to do so to some effect.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

The burden of this Icelandic procedural thriller will put a chill in your bones, if the lugubrious, wind-whipped coastal setting hasn't done already.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

I'll admit that I struggled to keep up with some of the more intricate twists and turns, but things come together for a shocking and memorable finale.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Refusing to spoonfeed its audience, this is a dark, convoluted thriller, tightly scripted and richly atmospheric.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Bleak surroundings and grim humour create a suitably sombre mood, but in the wake of juicy police procedurals like Dennis Lehane adaptations Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone, this is disappointingly straightforward stuff.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

The disinterring of corpses makes this film almost too ghoulish for its own good, but Iceland's top director Baltasar Kormákur wraps it up in his distinctive frostbitten style.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

It's an intriguing puzzle that held me gripped until the very end.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

It's a terrific piece of direction from Kormákur. Everything, from the look of the film, to the brilliantly unsettling use of food as a recurring motif, is judged perfectly.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

In short, this is a superbly made, thoroughly engaging thriller that exerts a powerful emotional grip and is well worth seeking out. Recommended

September 11, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

A chilling murder mystery which should do wonders for Iceland's film industry.

September 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A cold case in a cold place - Iceland's chilly legacy comes under investigation in this tragic noir.

September 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

bazeis (ton skinotheti) se katigoria spanioy talentoy, kai toy syghoreis tin adynamia na brei kaskanter tis prokopis gia merikes apo tis apaititikes skines

June 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Jar City is an absorbing mystery connecting different generations and set in the desolate landscapes of Iceland.

April 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

a great icelandic thriller

March 11, 2008

The well-directed cast competently handles the genre material

March 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Audience Reviews for Mýrin (Jar City)

.Awesome Icelandic film, with English subtitles. About a murder case that opens past cases and the disappearances of others. Over all a good thriller. Enjoyed seeing the many different parts of Iceland I remember from living there for 3 years. Story line and film worth 5 stars.
April 12, 2012
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Bruce Bruce

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An intense thriller that scores low on acting of one of the significant characters, and suffers a bit due to it. Otherwise, it's a well-packed product worth a watch.
February 22, 2012
imrealgod

Super Reviewer

Twisty Icelandic who dunnit added extra flavour by its unusual setting (stark, bleak landscapes) and culture ( takeaway sheep's head !). Unusual context is let down by an overly familiar core plot.
March 3, 2009
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Gordon A

Super Reviewer

Icelandic murder mystery that would be a fairly standard story of the reopening of an old unresolved small-town case if it were not for the modern-day genetics database twist. An interesting movie that ties up all the plot strands within a nice length.
September 13, 2008
RossCollinsUK

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