Critics Consensus

Trollhunter is a mockumentary with an appropriate level of creeping dread, but one that also benefits from generous helpings of dry wit.



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Shot in a vérité style, Trollhunter is the story of a group of Norwegian film students that set out to capture real-life trolls on camera after learning their existence has been covered up for years by a government conspiracy. A thrilling and wildly entertaining film, Trollhunter delivers truly fantastic images of giant trolls wreaking havoc on the countryside, with darkly funny adherence to the original Norwegian folklore." -- (C) Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Trollhunter

All Critics (106) | Top Critics (27)

  • The film is shot with handheld cameras in the standard mockumentary style, but the content is often hilarious, especially when the trolls show up.

    Dec 13, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Jespersen is a veteran comedian and he uses all his gravitas and dry wit to make us care about a lonely man on the verge of a crisis of faith.

    Sep 9, 2011 | Rating: 4/5
  • The scenes involving the trolls themselves are spectacular, but somehow not scary exactly: they look too absurd for that.

    Sep 8, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Given that the cast improvised all the scenes live on set, the dialogue has a surprising ring of truth, and is shot through with an unexpected, often unsettling, humour.

    Sep 7, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • hardly the first film to lend authenticity to the utterly implausible by mimicking the modalities of reportage (see The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield), but it is distinguished by both a deep seam of deadpan humour and a strong sense of place.

    Aug 30, 2011
  • It's so steeped in troll and paranoia lore, it risks boring you with the details at times. But it also makes you more inclined to believe it, and the frights are real enough.

    Aug 19, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4

Audience Reviews for Trollhunter

  • Oct 19, 2015
    TROLLS! (not a spoiler) funny and at the same time mildly scary. found myself grimacing in an amused manner through most of it. always a fan of hall of the mountain king and didn't mind the metal during the end credits. ahh, the old adage, 3 heads are better than 1. I thought the nursery rhyme goes "i smell the blood of an englishman", not a christian. well, whatever. wont be going to the woods now without any concentrated troll.
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2015
    Decent. I know that this is a pretty well-liked film, and even though it had its moments, I thought it was pretty mediocre really. And honestly, the acting here was pretty bad most of the time.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 08, 2014
    A nice piece of sci-fi, taking Norwegian mythology and bringing it into the present day with reasonable scientific justifications, whilst the amateur documentary style film making adds realism without resorting to any Hollywood-style sudden scares. It presents itself as a serious documentary, but doesn't take itself seriously with lots of nice tongue-in-cheek moments played out with deadpan humour. Despite the amateur-style filming, the movie is really well produced and the trolls are spectacular.
    Ross C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2013
    Trollhunter fails to provide many thrills to go along with its intriguing premise, though a portion of its audience is bound to be entertained by the sheer ingenuity of the subject matter.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer

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