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Valhalla Rising Reviews

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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
May 31, 2011
Mikkelsen verifies that, even without saying a word, he's an unnervingly unhinged presence.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 26, 2010
Filled with brutality.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
December 3, 2010
Directed in moody and portentous strokes by Nicolas Winding Refn, this is the most abstract Viking movie you'll ever see...
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
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
September 20, 2010
A Nordic odyssey straight down to Jerusalem
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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+
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.
Read More | Original Score: C+
August 11, 2010
Aguirre as conceptualized by Jim Jarmusch and executed by Terrence Malick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
July 29, 2010
This is Aguirre, the Wrath of God, with the despondency jacked to 11.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 23, 2010
so formless and arbitrary in meaning that it all borders on pretentiousness
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
July 22, 2010
a viking-adventure-cum-acid-trip
| Original Score: 3.5/5
July 22, 2010
Like a John Milius film reduced to its pure, masculine essence and shot through one of Alejandro Jodorowsky's lens filters.
Read More | Original Score: B
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