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Valhalla Rising Reviews

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Nora Lee Mandel
Maven's Nest
January 2, 2016
Brutal, thoughtful, re-envisioning of Vikings. . .A bit ponderous and pompous, powerfully showcases Mikkelsen's non-verbal acting, striking imagery, evocative landscapes.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 31, 2011
Mikkelsen verifies that, even without saying a word, he's an unnervingly unhinged presence.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 26, 2010
Filled with brutality.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Josh Larsen
December 22, 2010
A mad meditation on the primeval nature of man, faith and survival, this is Apocalypse Then, and then some.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sean Axmaker
December 3, 2010
Directed in moody and portentous strokes by Nicolas Winding Refn, this is the most abstract Viking movie you'll ever see...
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
December 1, 2010
Less Braveheart than Aguirre, The Wrath of God, this evocative Viking tone poem contemplates the convergence between violence and religion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 4, 2010
It's a chilly, often slow, uncompromisingly harsh film, but Refn's images will sear your retinas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Paul Knoll
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
September 20, 2010
A Nordic odyssey straight down to Jerusalem
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
September 4, 2010
I appreciate Refn for pushing against conventions of rhythm, photography, subject, color, and form, and I don't mind that Valhalla Rising lacks a story so much as I question its reliance on enigmatic hints of some grand, over-arching abstraction.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Shawn Levy
August 19, 2010
It's like a gorgeous graphic novel with a protagonist and story that vanish utterly from the mind as soon as the last page is turned.
| Original Score: C+
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
August 11, 2010
Aguirre as conceptualized by Jim Jarmusch and executed by Terrence Malick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 29, 2010
If only the pieces added up to an experience that sticks and that didn't finally succumb to a shrug of entropy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Shaula Clark
Boston Phoenix
July 29, 2010
This is Aguirre, the Wrath of God, with the despondency jacked to 11.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
July 24, 2010
For an ugly, brutish, überviolent Viking epic, Valhalla Rising is gorgeous, each frame a haunting work of art. Refn's style, though, is unsustainable at feature length.
Pete Hammond
Back Stage
July 23, 2010
In the mood for a slower-than-molasses viking movie inspired by spaghetti westerns and samurai swordplay epics. Have we got the flick for YOU!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
July 23, 2010
You sometimes wish Refn's gift for Ridley Scott-level mayhem had won the battle over his much iffier Werner Herzog leanings.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
July 23, 2010
so formless and arbitrary in meaning that it all borders on pretentiousness
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
July 22, 2010
It's a trip into a primordial world and primeval sensibilities, and if you're looking to shake off the mall-movie blahs, there are few better places to look.
Chris Cabin
July 22, 2010
a viking-adventure-cum-acid-trip
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
July 22, 2010
Like a John Milius film reduced to its pure, masculine essence and shot through one of Alejandro Jodorowsky's lens filters.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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