The Hummingbird Project

Critics Consensus

Smart and well-acted, The Hummingbird Project marks a flawed yet undeniably intriguing addition to writer-director Kim Nguyen's filmography.



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In this modern epic, Kim Nguyen exposes the ruthless edge of our increasingly digital world. Cousins from New York, Vincent (Jesse Eisenberg) and Anton (Alexander Skarsgård) are players in the high-stakes game of High-Frequency Trading, where winning is measured in milliseconds. Their dream? To build a straight fiber-optic cable line between Kansas and New Jersey, making them millions. But nothing is straightforward for this flawed pair. Anton is the brains, Vincent is the hustler, and together they push each other and everyone around them to the breaking point with their quixotic adventure. Constantly breathing down their necks is their old boss Eva Torres (Salma Hayek), a powerful, intoxicating and manipulative trader who will stop at nothing to come between them and beat them at their own game.

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Jesse Eisenberg
as Vincent Zaleski
Alexander Skarsgård
as Anton Zaleski
Salma Hayek
as Eva Torres
Michael Mando
as Mark Vega
Johan Heldenbergh
as Amish Elder

Critic Reviews for The Hummingbird Project

All Critics (97) | Top Critics (25)

  • It's an odd tale, but in its sneaky way, an unexpectedly engaging one.

    Apr 24, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • [A]n invigorating snapshot of greed that examines how far competitors will go to gain even the slightest fraction of an edge over their rivals in the stock market.

    Mar 29, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • The Hummingbird Project runs a lot thicker and deeper than that fiber-optic cable.

    Mar 22, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • And so you will get no Scorsesian tracking shots of firecracker trading floors, no giddy frat boy Champagne-shaking antics; this is a slow-boil thriller coursing with melancholy.

    Mar 21, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A believability problem hampers this potentially fascinating story about the high-tech Wild West.

    Mar 21, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Top Critic
  • Somewhere, buried within the innards of writer/director Kim Nguyen's The Hummingbird Project, is the skeleton of a compelling techno-thriller.

    Mar 21, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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