Wallander: The Revenge Reviews

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Witney Seibold
CraveOnline
August 25, 2012
A cop movie for grown ups. Or at least sophisticated teenagers... It's just great filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
June 7, 2012
"The Revenge" is a smooth-enough entertainment that should appeal to Wallander completists and aficionados of the cresting wave of Scandinavian crime stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
May 31, 2012
The kickoff for season two of a series of feature-length Swedish television adaptations of stories by popular Nordic crime writer Henning Mankel, Wallander: The Revenge is an efficient, unfussy examination of crimes and punishments.
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Sam Adams
AV Club
May 31, 2012
Given that Henriksson is in his 20th hour of playing Wallander onscreen, it's no surprise that his performance has a well-worn ease; like the character himself, he seems to have been doing this his whole life.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
May 29, 2012
An old-fashioned, taut, well-crafted thriller-complete with several wonderful twists.
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
May 25, 2012
What separates The Revenge is simple and what's so often missing from American thrillers - respect for the intelligence of its audience. This is complex stuff, not purely on a procedural level but on a thematic one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5.0
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 24, 2012
Here is one of the year's best and most provocative thrillers and maybe it says something that it's a 91-minute installment of a Swedish TV series.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
June 7, 2012
One hopes, after seeing this, that the Scandinavian producers will think again before imagining that the success of Larsson's work in the U.S. gives any old production a pass to follow in its footsteps.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
June 2, 2012
If you're not a Mankell aficionado prior to seeing it, the film itself won't send you running for his books - or even the other parts of the TV series.
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
May 31, 2012
"The Revenge" is well-made, above-average TV, but it seems small for the big screen. The plot is a bit predictable, and we're still getting to know the characters when the story ends.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 29, 2012
The film treats its headline-ready topics as merely window dressing for a whodunit that's without intrigue or surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
May 29, 2012
On the whole this is a routine mystery tale existing mainly to introduce new characters to the Wallander universe and allow for future installments.
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Asher Klein
Chicago Reader
May 24, 2012
Suffers from its small-screen origins.
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