Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat)


Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat)

Critics Consensus

Compelling human drama and stunning cinematography make The Fast Runner an absorbing experience.



Total Count: 97


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User Ratings: 5,498
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This sweeping epic features a cast of Inuit actors and is based on one of their ancient legends. Natar Ungalaaq stars as a young Inuit who falls for a woman (Sylvia Ivalu) who has been promised to the unlikable son of the tribal chief. The drama plays out against a stark Arctic background and includes some astonishing outdoor sequences. Lucy Tulugarjuk.

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Critic Reviews for Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat)

All Critics (97) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (88) | Rotten (9)

  • In a time of decadent visual clutter, the stark beauty of these Arctic landscapes is bracing.

    Mar 7, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Top Critic
  • The performances of all the roles are better than we might have expected. Sincerity pulses throughout, the assurance from these people that they are enacting a legend that is significant to them.

    Jan 5, 2018 | Full Review…
  • From its mystical-mythical opening to the stunning finale, this is storytelling at its most primal and filmmaking at its most original.

    Oct 3, 2002 | Rating: 5/5
  • Compelling as it is exotic, Fast Runner has a plot that rivals Shakespeare for intrigue, treachery and murder.

    Aug 9, 2002 | Rating: A
  • Often, the film feels more like a state of mind, combining the factual hardness of a documentary with the startling beauty of a surreal, fantastic dream.

    Jul 19, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • A beautiful, timeless and universal tale of heated passions -- jealousy, betrayal, forgiveness and murder.

    Jul 19, 2002 | Rating: A-

Audience Reviews for Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat)

  • Dec 27, 2007
    An interesting film!
    Leo L Super Reviewer
  • Aug 12, 2007
    Unlike Margaret Atwood, I wouldn't call it the greatest Canadian film ever made but it is so unique in terms of its depictions of not only the lives of the Innuit..but a study of their ancient cultural belief system. A truly remarkable film.
    John B Super Reviewer

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