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Kon Tiki Reviews

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 17, 2013
Kon-Tiki is a widescreen man-against-nature epic, beautifully shot and boasting seamless, stunning visual effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 17, 2013
"Kon-Tiki" is awesome in the true sense of the word: You sit in awe of the bravery, audacity, stupidity and natural power on display. Ah, to imagine and dream. And to go forth.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
May 16, 2013
How much is fiction and how much is deliberate confusion?
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
May 16, 2013
Upbeat and less exciting than you might wish, though it could be a good adventure film for older kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
May 15, 2013
A thrilling introduction to one of the more remarkable adventures of the post-World War II world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
May 3, 2013
The characters don't register as much more than genre archetypes, but that doesn't spoil the fun, since the filmmakers re-create the journey in such vivid detail.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 3, 2013
Most everyone loves a ripping good sea yarn, so why doesn't Kon-Tiki rip?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
May 2, 2013
Part history lesson, part classic adventure tale and often stunning to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 2, 2013
"Kon-Tiki" is stalwart and uplifting and there are passing moments of wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
May 2, 2013
Unfortunately, sharks and whales aren't the stars of the film, so the movie is a pretty humdrum affair when it focuses on humans, even when actors are playing characters based on real people.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
May 2, 2013
Kon-Tiki has the look and feel of a big, bracing adventure. It skirts many of the emotional issues in favor of high adventure with hungry sharks and monster storms.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 2, 2013
The film harks back to the era of "Swiss Family Robinson," when films were like well-made hospital beds, all four corners neatly tucked.
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Donald Liebenson
Chicago Sun-Times
May 2, 2013
While the wind goes out of its sails a few times along the way, this is a ravishingly photographed, old-fashioned man-against-the-elements adventure epic propelled by human-scaled heroics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 26, 2013
It's a terrifically engaging throwback to the uplifting, irony-free, outdoorsy '60s Disney yarns ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 25, 2013
The men are handsome, the sea is pretty and if the sharks look as rubbery as last week's chicken, at least they add some drama - and buckets of sloshing blood and guts - to what otherwise proves a dull affair.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 25, 2013
"Kon-Tiki" is a ripping yarn torn from yesterday's headlines.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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April 25, 2013
A rousing and thoroughly enjoyable Old Hollywood-style adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 25, 2013
The top-notch adventure tale "Kon-Tiki" is an old-fashioned entertainment, complete with a lead who physically recalls Peter O'Toole in "Lawrence of Arabia."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Sam Adams
AV Club
April 25, 2013
Although Heyerdahl's book about the expedition became an international bestseller, and the documentary he directed on the same subject won an Oscar, the anthropology field has remained stubbornly unmoved. But in Kon-Tiki, the dream is all that matters.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 24, 2013
One of the goals of a great outdoor epic is to keep you breathless with wonder. Technically, dramatically and cinematically awesome, Kon-Tiki delivers in spades.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
April 23, 2013
The film's message is sometimes clouded by sentiment, but mainly, we're told to follow our heads and our sextants, a good thing to hear on occasion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew Barker
Variety
January 10, 2013
A visually impeccable, professionally crafted modern vessel that lacks any of the patched-together soul of its subject.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
January 10, 2013
Thor Heyerdahl's legendary rafting expedition gets glossy treatment in this handsome but underwhelming action-adventure.
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Michael Nordine
L.A. Weekly
November 26, 2012
Could have used a bit more blood in the water, but its crystal-clear waves are a sight to behold nevertheless.