Trollhunter Reviews

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Anthony Quinn
Independent
September 9, 2011
The film begins strongly, but once past the half-hour mark loses energy and direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
September 8, 2011
Already there are plans for a Hollywood remake, and it's easy to see how it could improve on the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
September 8, 2011
The scenes involving the trolls themselves are spectacular, but somehow not scary exactly: they look too absurd for that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
September 8, 2011
It's sluggish in places and too long but has a memorable hero in Hans and remains amusingly straight-faced.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
September 8, 2011
It's a marvellous, sly film which, had it managed to be a little more frightening, would have been a masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
September 8, 2011
The fjords look good and it's all fairly watchable, if full of holes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
September 7, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Fyvie
The Skinny
September 7, 2011
Features a great deal of wit, but perhaps not enough bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
September 7, 2011
An American remake is in the works. Ignore it and treat yourself to this monstrously good film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Cairns
Electric Sheep
September 7, 2011
Enjoy it before the inevitable sequels and Hollywood remake sully its memory.
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
September 5, 2011
You might need to take a Norwegian guide along to explain various local references and identify the specific trolls, but Troll Hunter's proud cultural identity - tremble, a US remake is in the works - is its strongest suit. It's wry, spectacular fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Simpson
Fan The Fire
September 2, 2011
It may be an ultimately gimmicky post-modern take on local folklore, but it is still something of a hoot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
August 30, 2011
hardly the first film to lend authenticity to the utterly implausible by mimicking the modalities of reportage (see The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield), but it is distinguished by both a deep seam of deadpan humour and a strong sense of place.
Matt Glasby
Total Film
August 30, 2011
A true one-off, with all the frustrated expectations that entails.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
August 27, 2011
The Troll Hunter may sound like something you'd drunkenly chance upon at a midnight drive-in, but it's a consistently thrilling, surprisingly intriguing creature feature that demonstrates there's still plenty of wiggle room in the found footage subgenre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
August 20, 2011
What's most entertaining about the film is the manner in which it draws from established fairy tales and folklore to paint its monsters, and what's most interesting about it is how it depicts Hans as a working-class stiff who's tired of a thankless job.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 19, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 13, 2011
Playing such silliness this straight is quite a challenge and Troll Hunter pulls it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
August 8, 2011
For all its technical accomplishment and cultural specificity, Trollhunter never really clicks on all cylinders. It's mostly droll, but doesn't consistently foment either dread or delight, owing to a need for sharper characterizations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
July 22, 2011
Trollhunter is a great deal funnier and more fun than Blair Witch, with wilder special effects and more creative monsters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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