Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America Reviews

November 5, 2009
More or less what you'd have if Ingmar Bergman had shot The Blair Witch Project...
July 20, 2009
Stone's admirable and persuasive evocation is unfortunately marred by his self-defeating resort to flurries of claustrophobic, fragmented hand-held shots that obfuscate just about every crucial plot development in the film.
July 19, 2009
One of the more beautifully shot films of the year...so long as the camera is standing still.
July 16, 2009
Captivating locations can't overcome deplorable scenes of defecation and actually killing a hen onscreen. This is so slow and lacking in pace it tries one's patience.
March 17, 2009
Gorgeous cinematography of fabulous wilderness landscape cannot compensate for the self-indulgence and viewer-alienating technique of a clueless rookie director/writer/actor.
March 15, 2009
A pretentious, tedious, jarring and grueling test of a viewer's patience.
March 11, 2009
Largely lacking in dialogue (if not unintentional hilarity), this intensely personal project is proof positive that Bill and Ted grew up to become filmmakers.
March 10, 2009
The spectacle of two dudes mucking about in the primal forest becomes tedious...
March 10, 2009
Seems more informed by low-budget History Channel programs and the proto-metal Norse lore of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song."
March 10, 2009
Minimalist independent cinema doesn't get much more low fidelity than debut writer/director Tony Stone's garish vision of 11th century Vikings discovering North America.
March 9, 2009
If all Vikings acted like the two principals in this glacial-paced film, Valhalla must be an empty, desolate place.
March 7, 2009
Minimalist retro-dialogue in Old Norse, a closeup of human defecation in real time, choked chickens for dinner, and man rape of a dumb blonde macho Viking dragged off by a native woman warrior in heat to her tepee where she, well, makes him her squaw.
March 4, 2009
If only Stone's elliptical storytelling style were as lucid as his eye for the environment.