Thale Reviews

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
August 19, 2013

There's none of the usual horror over-emphasis here - it's just observational, matter of fact, and thereby much creepier.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
June 10, 2013

the unexpected is precisely what is delivered by this low-budget, high-ambition rewriting of local ancient folklore in a modern idiom.

Bill Gibron
April 6, 2013

When it tries to do something different and dangerous, Thale succeeds. When it goes for the heart, or the hero moment, it winds up being more miss than hit.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
April 5, 2013

Solid work from writer/director Aleksander Nordaas, who shapes a beguiling monster movie without ever truly indulging the tropes that often accompany the chaos.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Simon Foster
April 5, 2013

There is a great deal of humour in the story; the message that 'man is the real savage' is not fresh but it's well played by the director and his leading men.

Jamie S. Rich
April 4, 2013

Thale packs a lot of character and atmosphere into a short running time, making for an entertaining closed-space thriller.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Staci Layne Wilson
May 5, 2013

Hokey CGI; if the budget wasn't enough to make the effects good enough, they should have been left out entirely.

Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
April 15, 2013

Ultimately all wind-up -- a work that dances around a couple moods and genres without ever really wholeheartedly committing to one in particular.

Full Review | Original Score: C
John Anderson
Top Critic
April 5, 2013

It's too wordy by half, saying what it should be showing -- which is ironic, given helmer Aleksander L. Nordaas' able hand, early on, with unspoken, unseen horrors.

John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
April 5, 2013

Odd hybrid doesn't make the most of its folkloric premise.

Nick Schager
Village Voice
Top Critic
April 3, 2013

Soon the wealth of exposition is accompanied by the appearance of hoofed CG wilderness she-beasts devoid of any terrifying personality.

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