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Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 14, 2013
Not nearly as much fun as it might have been, neither consistently funny nor remotely scary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 23, 2011
They spend a great deal of time roaring, bleating, squealing and snorting at a very high volume, which is, after a point, too much of a muchness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
June 29, 2011
If you just go with it, Troll Hunter may satisfy your taste for cult campiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 1, 2011
I couldn't decide if "TrollHunter" was trying to be funny or scary, but I can tell you it succeeds at neither.
| Original Score: 1/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
April 20, 2011
Another faux-verité action-horror effort that manages to be clever without being actually terrifying or thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 10, 2011
This is what happens when the Norwegians try to make their own "Blair Witch Project": We get three-headed trolls that hate Vitamin D and references to "Deliverance."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 3, 2011
[VIDEO] Writer/director André Řvredal would have done better to skip the now-obsolete-found-footage-trope to couch his goofy monster movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
June 7, 2011
As de-mythologizings go, Trollhunter has neither the wit, nor art, nor social insight to honor the legacy of George A. Romero's Martin.
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
September 9, 2011
The film begins strongly, but once past the half-hour mark loses energy and direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
August 8, 2011
For all its technical accomplishment and cultural specificity, Trollhunter never really clicks on all cylinders. It's mostly droll, but doesn't consistently foment either dread or delight, owing to a need for sharper characterizations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 22, 2011
It never seemed more than a student film.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine
April 19, 2011
For such a direct and plainly titled film, Trollhunter doesn't have a clue as to what it wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
August 17, 2012
Trollhunter adopts the form of a found footage documentary, which translates as lots of banal conversations, abundant shots of the Scandinavian countryside, and competent but shaky handheld camerawork.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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June 9, 2011
Genially simpleminded and more sweet than scary, Trollhunter never settles on a tone. Fairytale fantasy, supernatural comedy, serious horror? All are sampled, to the detriment of the whole.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 8, 2011
Like the folks who dreamed up lycanthropy, the Trollhunter writers either have an abundance of imagination or they've been smoking a controlled substance.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
June 9, 2011
Here's what's not so good in Troll Hunter: the actual troll hunting.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 1, 2011
It can't seem to make up its mind about whether it wants to frighten us or make us laugh. It does a little bit of both, to be sure, but not nearly enough of either to make much of a lasting impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
September 8, 2011
Already there are plans for a Hollywood remake, and it's easy to see how it could improve on the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013
A leisurely, shambling, deadpan movie about a man who finds trolls and kills them. That's enough.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Andrew Simpson
Fan The Fire
September 2, 2011
It may be an ultimately gimmicky post-modern take on local folklore, but it is still something of a hoot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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