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Trollhunter (2011)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 100
Fresh: 82
Rotten: 18

Critics Consensus: Trollhunter is a mockumentary with an appropriate level of creeping dread, but one that also benefits from generous helpings of dry wit.

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 17
Rotten: 7

Critics Consensus: Trollhunter is a mockumentary with an appropriate level of creeping dread, but one that also benefits from generous helpings of dry wit.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 20,443

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Movie Info

Shot in a vérité style, Trollhunter is the story of a group of Norwegian film students that set out to capture real-life trolls on camera after learning their existence has been covered up for years by a government conspiracy. A thrilling and wildly entertaining film, Trollhunter delivers truly fantastic images of giant trolls wreaking havoc on the countryside, with darkly funny adherence to the original Norwegian folklore." -- (C) Official Site

Rating:
PG-13 (for some sequences of creature terror.)
Genre:
Drama , Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
André Ovredal
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Aug 23, 2011
Box Office:
$0.3M
Runtime:
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Trollhunter

All Critics (100) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (82) | Rotten (18) | DVD (5)

The film is shot with handheld cameras in the standard mockumentary style, but the content is often hilarious, especially when the trolls show up.

Full Review… | December 13, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Given that the cast improvised all the scenes live on set, the dialogue has a surprising ring of truth, and is shot through with an unexpected, often unsettling, humour.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

It's so steeped in troll and paranoia lore, it risks boring you with the details at times. But it also makes you more inclined to believe it, and the frights are real enough.

Full Review… | August 19, 2011
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Those fog-draped fjords provide a distractingly pretty backdrop to this tale of mysterious, massive creatures who roam the forest by night, searching for Christians on whom to munch.

Full Review… | July 7, 2011
Seattle Times
Top Critic

It can't seem to make up its mind about whether it wants to frighten us or make us laugh. It does a little bit of both, to be sure, but not nearly enough of either to make much of a lasting impression.

Full Review… | July 1, 2011
Washington Post
Top Critic

"Trollhunter" has a lot of down time as the crew treks to the fjords, but it's also got dryly subversive humor and, eventually, some impressive special effects.

Full Review… | July 1, 2011
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

A leisurely, shambling, deadpan movie about a man who finds trolls and kills them. That's enough.

Full Review… | June 23, 2013
Deadspin

Not nearly as much fun as it might have been, neither consistently funny nor remotely scary.

Full Review… | January 14, 2013
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Trollhunter adopts the form of a found footage documentary, which translates as lots of banal conversations, abundant shots of the Scandinavian countryside, and competent but shaky handheld camerawork.

Full Review… | August 17, 2012
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

TrollHunter is both creepy and funny, a clever combination for this sly monster movie.

Full Review… | January 29, 2012
IGN DVD

... this one is well worth the troll hunt to find.

Full Review… | January 22, 2012
MovieCrypt.com

What do you get when you combine Cloverfield with Nordic Trolls? This very funny monster mockumentary.

Full Review… | January 13, 2012

The trolls here all are the spitting image of Muppets with a hyperthyroid problem. In fact, imagine a Sweetums doll after three wash cycles.

Full Review… | January 4, 2012
CultureCatch

This found-film sci-fi trolls-on-the-loose story works well enough as a kind of tongue-in-cheek comedy spoofing films of this kind and the sheer idiocy behind these kinds of conspiracy theories.

Full Review… | November 29, 2011
Laramie Movie Scope

It never seemed more than a student film.

Full Review… | November 22, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

TROLLHUNTER is an unexpected pleasure for viewers who can shudder at the horrific aspects while still appreciating the humor.

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
Mark Leeper's Reviews

Delightfully silly and likely to etch the battle-cry of "troll!" into audiences' minds long after its end.

Full Review… | September 15, 2011
Film4

There's fun to be had if you're willing to surrender to it.

Full Review… | September 14, 2011

Richly deserves an audience.

Full Review… | September 12, 2011
Birmingham Mail

[A] funny, scary, highly individual horror flick...

Full Review… | September 11, 2011
Observer [UK]

Øvredal's Troll Hunter delivers an earnest fantasy adventure bathed in Nordic spirit and folklore that captures the heart, as well as the imagination.

Full Review… | September 10, 2011

One of the year's most blindingly brilliant films.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011
Daily Mirror [UK]

Øvredal's movie has wittier ideas up its sleeve than the average "mock-doc" shocker, a genre it transcends through sheer originality.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011
Daily Telegraph

Jespersen is a veteran comedian and he uses all his gravitas and dry wit to make us care about a lonely man on the verge of a crisis of faith.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011
This is London

There's tons of delicious suspense of the horror-flick variety... and plenty of Spielbergian shock-awe... but what makes it one of the most satisfying examples of found-footage flicks yet is its observational, journalistic ethos.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011
Flick Filosopher

Audience Reviews for Trollhunter

½

A nice piece of sci-fi, taking Norwegian mythology and bringing it into the present day with reasonable scientific justifications, whilst the amateur documentary style film making adds realism without resorting to any Hollywood-style sudden scares. It presents itself as a serious documentary, but doesn't take itself seriously with lots of nice tongue-in-cheek moments played out with deadpan humour. Despite the amateur-style filming, the movie is really well produced and the trolls are spectacular.

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Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

This verite styled, fake documentary, is both obviously raucous with funny dialogue, characters, and playful images, and thrilling as it centers on a long upheld conspiracy by the Norwegian government. The film starts as a documentary made by several college kids, looking for the identity of a bear poacher who has been killing rogue bears around the countryside. They end up meeting and stalking a man named Thomas (Trosterud), who seems atypical and suspicious. The rest of the film follows the wayward kids as they follow Thomas on his many missions through the cavernous mountains and lush forests of Norway, killing wayward trolls. Trosterud gives an interesting performance as the sullen and reserved Thomas. He always speaks with affinity, gives away information on his profession without seeming to care about the consequences, and is gruff and bad mannered at times. Though he seems not to care about what will come when he reveals all his secrets, it's obvious that there's a laid plan for what he will do once everything is unearthed. The trolls themselves are really well designed. They move like real animals, and they have castes and species differentiation that make them unique and tangible for the audience. The way they roam the mountains in family structures makes them as predatory as any frightening beast in nature. The other supporting characters are oftentimes officials and other people in the conspiracy, who don't want the tape to get out, but at the same time they are more concerned with the fleets of huge trolls killing off everything in sight. The documentary crew aren't seen very much, but they act like real college kids, with all the confidence of youth and the problems of that age as well. Some of the visuals are incomparable in how amazing they seem, how vivid and realistic they come across, and this movie is worth watching just for that. The Norwegian countryside serves as a moody backdrop as well as a beautiful setting. It's also pretty funny at times, whether it's a lewd performance by a Polish bear trapper, or Thomas' mannerisms during his interviews. This film can be highly recommended for a plethora of reasons, plus there are trolls. Very little to lose in watching this.

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Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

½

This Norwegian found footage film teams up University filmers with a trapper who turns out to hunt trolls for the government, top secret, mind you. Their unlikely adventures in the Norwegian wild are as funny as they are unsettling. The creature effects are not entirely en par with Hollywood standards, which also gives the film a more light-hearted note than probably intended. That doesn't change the fact that the gorgeous landscapes and the wonderfully grumpy main character make for a great combination, a highly entertaining horror film that parodies both found footage films and documentaries, yet works as both. Extremely amusing and a surprisingly fresh take on a genre that should have been dead five minutes after Blair Witch Project ended.

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Jens S.

Super Reviewer

½

A trio of students from a local college follow a suspected poacher but when they discover he works for a state sanctioned troll management agency, he allows them to film him perform his secret work. Yet another faux "actual footage" pseudo documentary from the Blair Witch school, Troll Hunter at least has an inventive premise and a sense of humour about what it's doing. It's all very tongue in cheek and the cast are actually quite believable and naturalistic in their roles; Otto Jesperson's jaded hunter is good fun, playing his part like a dejected Crocodile Dundee fed up of his thankless task. But thanks to the format, all we really get is more wobbly cam footage of people running around in the woods and hiding in caves just like Blair With itself; in fact thanks to some spectacular Scandinavian scenery, a lot of the time it looks like a promo from the Norwegian tourist board. The biggest problem with it however is despite its sense of humour, it just isn't funny enough; it's mildly amusing whenever the government bureaucrat who's trying to cover up the existence of the trolls appears, but it's never laugh out loud funny and without any real drama or spectacle it needed more laughs. The closing battle with the giant troll is very well done and it would've made an amusing short, but a few computer generated muppets and some woodland aerobics just isn't enough to maintain the interest for nearly two hours.

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Trollhunter Quotes


Hans:
Anyone need some gravel?
– Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
Thomas:
Now we know that Trolls also explode.
– Submitted by Alison J (22 months ago)
Hans:
No one here believes in God or Jesus?
Thomas:
Nope. None of us.
Kalle:
Don't look at me. Serious? Because they can smell the blood of a Christian man?
– Submitted by Frank M (2 years ago)
Thomas:
In a sense, you're a true Norwegian hero.
Hans:
No, you're wrong about that. There's nothing heroic about what I do. It's dirty work.
– Submitted by Frank M (2 years ago)
Kalle:
Do u have any more troll stench?
– Submitted by Alex B (2 years ago)
Thomas:
Do you think Michael Moore gave up after the first try?
– Submitted by Luke D (3 years ago)

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