Trollhunter Reviews

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Reader
December 13, 2011
The film is shot with handheld cameras in the standard mockumentary style, but the content is often hilarious, especially when the trolls show up.
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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
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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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 7, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 1, 2011
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 1, 2011
"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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 30, 2011
With impressive technical credits, stunning fjord and forest locations and a winking ownership of its own absurdity, "Trollhunter" manages to be at once spooky, satirical and endearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 30, 2011
André Řvredal's enjoyably goofy scare-pic purports to offer real footage of real horror - in this case, a variety of forest and mountain trolls...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 30, 2011
Once again, material for a great short film has been expanded to feature length at its peril and ours. Still, this is clever stuff and surprisingly engrossing on its own terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
June 24, 2011
A monster movie with a love for mountainous, tree-lined Scandinavian scenery and an even greater love for setting memorably ugly, hulking and destructive mythological creatures against it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 23, 2011
They spend a great deal of time roaring, bleating, squealing and snorting at a very high volume, which is, after a point, too much of a muchness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
June 16, 2011
Successful on multiple levels, with a brisk pace, excellent location work and a strong lead performance by Norwegian comedian Otto Jespersen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 12, 2011
A drily comic blend of irresistible ingredients that gets better as it goes along.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 10, 2011
This is what happens when the Norwegians try to make their own "Blair Witch Project": We get three-headed trolls that hate Vitamin D and references to "Deliverance."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 10, 2011
You'll want to catch this clever movie before Hollywood ruins everything with a dumb remake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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June 9, 2011
Genially simpleminded and more sweet than scary, Trollhunter never settles on a tone. Fairytale fantasy, supernatural comedy, serious horror? All are sampled, to the detriment of the whole.
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Mike Hale
New York Times
June 9, 2011
One of the many pleasures of the Norwegian director André Ovredal's clever and engaging mock documentary "Trollhunter" is the way it plays with the idea of the supernatural rule book.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
June 9, 2011
Here's what's not so good in Troll Hunter: the actual troll hunting.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 8, 2011
As the stoic titular slayer, Otto Jespersen is the one actor who holds you.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 8, 2011
Like the folks who dreamed up lycanthropy, the Trollhunter writers either have an abundance of imagination or they've been smoking a controlled substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
June 8, 2011
The film takes off into a witty realm of nonplussed responses and folklore made roaringly real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
June 7, 2011
As de-mythologizings go, Trollhunter has neither the wit, nor art, nor social insight to honor the legacy of George A. Romero's Martin.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
January 25, 2011
An enjoyably off-kilter hybrid of The Blair Witch Project and Where the Wild Things Are.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
January 21, 2011
Enormously entertaining chiller.