Mar 25, 2021
As the linchpin of the film, Overgård requires an actor of Mikkelsen's calibre in order for an audience to fully identify and sympathise with his struggle - as well as marvel at his ingenuity and integrity.
Feb 18, 2021
The best movies transport their audiences to places they may never experience or even want to go. The makers of Arctic go to flabbergasting lengths to tell their harrowing story, giving its audience a massive reward in the process.
Aug 27, 2020
It wouldn't surprise me if you need a moment to catch your breath after watching Arctic. Joe Penna's beautifully absorbing film is the ultimate journey of survival.
Aug 15, 2020
Mikkelsen's performance is a triumph of physicality, portraying a man who carries all of his suffering and hardship in his increasingly snowy beard.
Jul 27, 2020
[The filmmakers] shoot their horizons with a disoriented field of direction that never telegraphs itself while the sound . . . is more teasing in its momentum.
Jul 21, 2020
It's intimate, distressing, moving. A solid human survival movie. [Full review in Spanish]
Jul 16, 2020
I'll fully admit being a sucker for survival movies like this, but the beautifully, starkly photographed Arctic goes beyond your typical "roughing-it" films to give us a raw tale of determination.
Apr 21, 2020
Arctic is an engrossing movie and sometimes almost unbearably tense film, shot smartly by debut director Joe Penna.
Mar 25, 2020
First-time feature director Joe Penna and his cowriter and editor Ryan Morrison skillfully exploit genre conventions, but suspense arises mostly from what fresh hells they devise for the hero to conquer, for conquer he must.
Jan 19, 2020
Mads Mikkelsen shines in this uneven tale of survival that could have used more time in the editing room.
Jan 18, 2020
Cerebral in its own way, with a purposely vague story that rewards the thoughtful viewer.
Jan 6, 2020
For the most part, this is a typical story of survival in harsh conditions, but there are some plot twists, and it is a well-made film. Mikkelsen shines as the rugged, capable pilot of a downed plane somewhere in the Arctic Circle.
Dec 19, 2019
What keeps you watching is Mikkelsen. The actor is at his best in the open air, and here he gives the tundra a run for its money in the competition to see who can seem the most rugged and elemental.
Dec 10, 2019
With just a little more invention and originality, this film might have been something truly special. As it stands, it's a fantastic showcase for its star and, though slow in places, still highly watchable.
Nov 23, 2019
There's an existential quality to Arctic, a tremendously moving meditation on how we persevere through near-insurmountable hardships, what it takes to keep the light from going out.
Nov 22, 2019
A survival story that shifts gears into a spiritual parable about kindness and compassion.
Sep 18, 2019
If you like survival epics -- and I happen to love them -- this is one of the very, very best.
Aug 16, 2019
This is survivalism stripped down to its bare essence, free of sentimentality, thematic pretensions, and unnecessary narrative devices. Arctic delivers man-versus-nature conflict at its most elemental.