Mýrin (Jar City) Reviews

September 12, 2008
Kormákur, who made the highly original 101 Reykjavik, is clearly saying something pessimistic about his homeland and, as a film-maker, has the means to do so to some effect.
September 12, 2008
A disturbing, bleak, multilayered mystery that will not just worm under your flesh but also wriggle inside your nightmares.
September 12, 2008
The burden of this Icelandic procedural thriller will put a chill in your bones, if the lugubrious, wind-whipped coastal setting hasn't done already.
September 12, 2008
The disinterring of corpses makes this film almost too ghoulish for its own good, but Iceland's top director Baltasar Kormákur wraps it up in his distinctive frostbitten style.
September 12, 2008
It's an intriguing puzzle that held me gripped until the very end.
September 12, 2008
It's a terrific piece of direction from Kormákur. Everything, from the look of the film, to the brilliantly unsettling use of food as a recurring motif, is judged perfectly.
September 12, 2008
A satisfying, altogether distinctive piece of filmmaking.
September 9, 2008
A chilling murder mystery which should do wonders for Iceland's film industry.
July 9, 2008
Tremendously acted and shot with memorable confidence, Jar City deserves a much wider release than it's apparently going to get.
June 6, 2008
Terrifically acted, expertly shot and painstakingly paced, Jar City investigates deeper, darker themes. And Erlendur is a reminder that homicide detectives don't save lives so much as exhume the meanings of violence.
February 29, 2008
The story, based on a best-selling novel, has familiar overtones; but Kormakur overcomes them with stylish direction.
February 29, 2008
The picture of Iceland that emerges in Baltasar Kormákur's Jar City is vivid and powerful but not something the country's tourist board would be likely to endorse.
February 28, 2008
The story hits too many familiar beats, but Kormákur flavors his familiar dish with beauty shots of Iceland's pitted landscape and the occasional cooked sheep's head.
February 28, 2008
Reconfiguring the objectives of a standard murder mystery requires more than these stock character studies of wounded daddies, which exude sham profundity via a high-toned grim realism.
February 28, 2008
The vision of Jar City is total and complete; fans of the thriller genre will thank the film for an infusion of ice-cold new blood.
February 27, 2008
Gorgeously shot against a seaside backdrop and filled with local color, Jar City unfolds like a noir from another planet.
February 27, 2008
For those of us, like me, who know next to nothing about Iceland or the Icelandic cinema, Jar City is an absorbingly revelatory experience, and one of the most mesmerizing movies of the year.
February 27, 2008
[It] could pass for an episode of CSI: Reykjavik, only with less high-tech gimmickry, more pavement-pounding, and a head-clearing view of crime as anything but a cool diversion.
July 21, 2007
A taut police procedural that craftily blends ripped-from-the-headlines genetic issues with foreboding Icelandic stoicism, Jar City reps a supremely confident stride into mass-appeal genre fare for Icelandic hyphenate Baltasar Kormakur.