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Kon Tiki Reviews

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Stefan Pape
HeyUGuys
December 24, 2014
While requiring little effort to get immersed in this tale, such is the strength of this compelling story - if there is one thing to take away from proceedings, it's that it is worth catching this in its original, more authentic form.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 22, 2014
Directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg certainly seize the opportunity to deliver a spirited high seas adventure, taking some creative liberties along the way, but remaining true to the spirit of the times and the participants.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
December 21, 2014
Considering we all know the outcome, the levels of tension remain impressive, while an atmosphere of melancholy tempers even the most triumphant moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)
December 19, 2014
It is beautifully shot and has the same fierce intelligence about it that you find in its producer's other epic "quest" movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
December 19, 2014
The wacky, amateurish derring-do of the six-man crew, led by the lanky, floppy haired Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen as the ethnographer Heyerdahl, is astounding.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
December 19, 2014
While this ambitious Norwegian historical adventure sometimes dips into melodrama, it's a riveting, fascinating true story about passion and tenacity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
December 19, 2014
Enjoyable but not as exciting as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Floyd
Film4
December 19, 2014
The inspiring story of Thor Heyerdahl's Kon-Tiki expedition makes for an exciting, if slightly old fashioned, maritime adventure movie.
Leslie Felperin
Guardian
December 18, 2014
It's intrinsically rousing stuff, although the journey is a little low on drama apart from the odd shark attack and a bit of bickering between Heyerdahl and his virtually indistinguishable crew of blond men with beards.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip De Semlyen
Empire Magazine
December 18, 2014
A big-spirited and inspiring boy's own adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
December 18, 2014
Not the most ambitious film on Thomas's resumé, but as sturdily assembled, in its old-fashioned way, as the authentic balsa-wood raft on which Heyerdahl and his five intrepid crew-mates made their trek.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
December 18, 2014
Kon-Tiki is a film that inspires awe and wonder with almost every wave...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
The List
December 15, 2014
Undeniably beautiful and exciting even if its directors do err a little on the safe side.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
December 15, 2014
The cinematography has a stirring beauty, and fish experts can fill their boots, but it's a pity that directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg chose to float such a crudely lashed-together boys' own adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Deborah Ross
The Spectator
December 11, 2014
It's played as such a straight-up-and-down, old-fashioned, formulaic adventure that it lacks any intimacy or feeling and almost can't be bothered with its own characters.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
September 4, 2013
With a man-against-the-elements adventure like this one, the emphasis is, and should be, largely on spectacular depiction of the environment, and [the] directors...make use of the biggest budget yet afforded to a Norwegian film... [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
June 21, 2013
Not only is it nicely paced, but it features gripping moments of intensity, as well as some impressive visual effects.
| Original Score: 3/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
June 12, 2013
This unconventionally thrilling adaptation of the memoir by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl compensates with visual flair what it lacks in intimate details.
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle
May 31, 2013
It's an absorbing and often lyrical piece of storytelling that doesn't overembellish the facts or rely on a pumped-up score or whiplash editing to heighten the dramatic action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cathy Jakicic
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 30, 2013
"Kon-Tiki" has a grand, old-fashioned feel - a man-against-nature adventure that feels like it was made in - not just set in - the optimistic post-World War II era.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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