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A Hijacking Reviews

David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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It's an unshowy, quietly intense drama with grace notes in every scene -- and a hellish punch.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

December 16, 2013
Neil Young
Hollywood Reporter
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A high-seas hostage-taking and resulting negotiations are absorbingly dramatized in this low-key Venice standout from Denmark's hottest new writer-director.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

December 16, 2013
Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail
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A nail-biter of a thriller that eschews conventional thrills, Tobias Lindholm's verité-like tale of a Danish cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates is rivetingly low-key.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

August 16, 2013
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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A finely spun tale that eschews sensationalism to focus on the human toll on the captives, their families and their employers back home.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

August 15, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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This isn't an action picture; it's a picture about the suspense and terror of inaction.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

July 18, 2013
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Gripping and tightly focused.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 11, 2013
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Lindholm rations the meat and potatoes of plot to keep us captive at the bargaining table. It's a sadistic ploy that produces a real payoff.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 11, 2013
Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A Hijacking is one of those perfect films that crop up every few years to prove that with true artistry, even the most exhausted genre can yield something new, rich, and strange.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 5, 2013
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Lindholm justifies his confidence in a visual approach that's refreshingly realistic.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 4, 2013
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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To refuse to call A Hijacking a thriller is not to say it isn't thrilling, in a dryly cerebral way.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 27, 2013
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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It's the second feature from the young writer-director Tobias Lindholm, and it showcases his gift for tightly focused stories told without an ounce of fat.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 27, 2013
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Lindholm doesn't present the film as a procedural for hostage negotiations because he knows too well that there are too many movable parts, too many things that can go wrong.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: A-

June 21, 2013
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Methodical and tense ... has the feel of something based on real-life events ... boils down to an arresting portrait of two men, with different backgrounds and abilities, doing everything they can not to break.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3

June 21, 2013
Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
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This absorbing chronicle of a hijacking in the Indian Ocean has the strengths of the best procedural dramas -- it assumes a distanced and objective tone and packs an emotional wallop.

Full Review Source: Orange County Register | Original Score: A-

June 21, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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We're impatient for action, any kind of action - but preferably the sort that involves a team of Navy SEALs, maybe led by Dwayne Johnson. Instead, we get something like a merger meeting.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 21, 2013
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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Hand-held camerawork, so often a confounded nuisance, here makes the conditions on board the Rozen feel nauseatingly urgent.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 4/4

June 21, 2013
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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No mainstream American thriller could ever be made about this subject that resisted simple-minded narrative clichés the way "A Hijacking" does, or that refused to depict its characters as either heroes or villains.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

June 20, 2013
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Lindholm turns tedium and frustration into agonizing suspense.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 20, 2013
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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"A Hijacking" is as lean, focused and to the point as its title.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 20, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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This feature film shows how much tension, telling detail and sheer dramatic expertise can be squeezed into a running time of less than two hours.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

June 20, 2013
Ella Taylor
NPR
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A Hijacking is the story of two men and their fate, but in its unassuming, specific way, it's also about global capitalism and its fallout.

Full Review Source: NPR

June 20, 2013
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Well-made, skillfully acted and utterly grueling to sit through.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

June 20, 2013
Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
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A frustratingly realistic take on the modern threat of piracy.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: 8/10

June 20, 2013
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club
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A compact, meticulously researched drama about the business end of maritime piracy.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

June 20, 2013
Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
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Through it all, A Hijacking maintains its cinematic grandeur, balancing the open-sky thrill of being at sea with the claustrophobia that comes with being forced below deck for days at a time.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 18, 2013
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Tobias Lindholm's starkly commanding thriller cuts out all the action heroics usually associated with hostage movies, replacing them with an underlying, nauseating sense of dread; it's a nail-biter about being under the gun.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

June 18, 2013
Cath Clarke
Time Out
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From this classy hostage movie, we learn how to negotiate with Somali pirates, and - perhaps more usefully - how to do male public displays of affection, Scandi-style.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

May 8, 2013
Guy Lodge
Variety
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Tobias Lindholm's superb [film] actually grows more chillingly subdued as its nightmare scenario unfolds.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 17, 2012
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