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A Hijacking Reviews

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 16, 2013
It's an unshowy, quietly intense drama with grace notes in every scene -- and a hellish punch.
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Olivia Collette
RogerEbert.com
December 16, 2013
The film exposes the deep moral callousness of those doing the dealing, and the desperation of the people they break.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Neil Young
Hollywood Reporter
December 16, 2013
A high-seas hostage-taking and resulting negotiations are absorbingly dramatized in this low-key Venice standout from Denmark's hottest new writer-director.
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Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail
August 16, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
August 15, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 18, 2013
This isn't an action picture; it's a picture about the suspense and terror of inaction.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 11, 2013
Gripping and tightly focused.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 11, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 5, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
July 4, 2013
Lindholm justifies his confidence in a visual approach that's refreshingly realistic.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 27, 2013
To refuse to call A Hijacking a thriller is not to say it isn't thrilling, in a dryly cerebral way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 27, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 21, 2013
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 | Original Score: A-
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 21, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
June 21, 2013
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 | Original Score: A-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 21, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
June 21, 2013
Hand-held camerawork, so often a confounded nuisance, here makes the conditions on board the Rozen feel nauseatingly urgent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 20, 2013
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.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 20, 2013
Lindholm turns tedium and frustration into agonizing suspense.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 20, 2013
"A Hijacking" is as lean, focused and to the point as its title.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 20, 2013
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.
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June 20, 2013
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.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 20, 2013
Well-made, skillfully acted and utterly grueling to sit through.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
June 20, 2013
A frustratingly realistic take on the modern threat of piracy.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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June 20, 2013
A compact, meticulously researched drama about the business end of maritime piracy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
June 18, 2013
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.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
June 18, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
May 8, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Guy Lodge
Variety
September 17, 2012
Tobias Lindholm's superb [film] actually grows more chillingly subdued as its nightmare scenario unfolds.