This Norwegian thriller has a winning cutthroat perversity.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
- New York Times
Brown's panic is capably rendered, but his ordeals are not worth enduring to the bitter end.
Nicolas Rapold - New York Times
The parts barely relate, never mind work together.
Paul MacInnes - Guardian [UK]
A cat-and-mouse game with the giddy excitement of a heist movie.
Stephanie Merry - Washington Post
It's crisp entertainment even as plot absurdities gum up the works - you can almost hear the pages turn as you watch.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Plenty of twisty scripting makes the queasy damage seem conceptually neat and tidy, as if that's a good idea, but what we need here is a little more meat.
Michael Atkinson - Village Voice
"Headhunters" is smart, funny, scary and surprising, so it's hardly any wonder that an American version is in the works. The big question is whether the remake can measure up.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
What begins as a slick anti-hero outing soon becomes a brazenly entertaining cat-and-mouse thriller.
William Goss - MSN Movies
The compact Hennie is a wonderful actor, smoothly congenial when confident, uproarious when rattled. And he will be rattled-as well as stabbed, shorn, bitten, mangled, and worse.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
Clearly, there are streaks of farce in all this, as well as serious cracks in logic, and those who like their black comedy done to a crisp will happily feast on what Tyldum dishes up.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
I knew I was being manipulated and didn't care. It was a pleasure to see how well it was being done.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
When we get the remake in a year or two, I hope it retains the edge and compact energy of director Morten Tyldum's movie.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
The scenes of graphic violence are drawn out to the point where they overwhelm the story.
Ben Sachs - Chicago Reader
'Headhunters" is a frighteningly well-made thriller about an amoral art thief on the run.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Headhunters" will indeed hand you your head.
Tom Long - Detroit News
"Headhunters" is an absurd amount of grisly fun, which is a good thing, since, looked at in any great detail, it probably doesn't hold up all that well.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
The sex, nudity and violence are nonstop, but that's what makes "Headhunters" exciting entertainment.
V.A. Musetto - New York Post
That's some good acting by Hennie, but it's also good writing by co-scribes Lars Gudmestad and Ulf Ryberg. They freshen up familiar caper and thriller tropes, adapting the bestselling prose Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbo.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Headhunters is slick and spritely, a mixture of corporate skullduggery and low-life slapstick that plays like The Firm meets Blood Simple.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
At a time when many mystery thrillers fall apart in the final fifteen minutes, Headhunters maintains its integrity.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
"Headhunters" is a dark adult entertainment, a wild and bloody adrenaline rush of a movie that deals in gleeful grotesqueness and over-the-top implausibilities.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Headhunters is an intriguing action thriller that relies on both stunts and the acts of its diverse mains characters, played by well-cast main actors Aksel Hennie and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, in order to tell its story.
Billy Tatum - We Got This Covered
This film is filled with suspense, violence, duplicity and emotion. The plot has a number of interesting twists. It is a very gritty thriller.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Though not completely satisfying or believable, the absurd cat-and-mouse potboiler at least is always entertaining and biting doggy style.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
[A]n insane thriller in which form easily trumps -- while still complementing -- the material's inherent madness.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
A hugely enjoyable, unpredictable thriller that never forgets to be fun first and foremost.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
"Headhunters" is a rather strange film, but it's also a rather entertaining one.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Headhunters (Hodejegerne) is a roiling Norwegian mix of Hitchcock and Wile E. Coyote, with a generous dose of feces and blood. Headhunters is a mind game. And a blood sport.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
... sort of like being mugged by a banshee: It's all very loud and exciting and after it's over you're left with a vague feeling of unease to go along with the lighter wallet.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The film holds its twists too close to the chest, and there's little to chew on till the ambitiousness of its plotting is revealed late in the film.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
By film's end, we're deep into Coen brothers territory, with an extra splash of Sam Raimi-level gore.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
a twisted and twisting take on the potentially lethal outcomes of male ego and insecurity, which find their greatest embodiment in capitalism at its most aggressive
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Sleek and relentless, it's a provocative, darkly comedic thriller.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Suspenseful, wickedly funny and clever, Headhunters offers more bang for your buck than most modern crime thrillers.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
HEADHUNTERS is an exhilarating thriller with great visual flare, top notch acting, and a story that will have you so involved that you'll possibly have no fingernails by the end of it!
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
The good guy in the Norwegian "Headhunters" looks like a bad guy, and the bad guy looks like a good guy. And that's just one of the ways this dazzling movie messes with us.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Headhunters" isn't a pretty film, and it doesn't always entirely make sense, but it races along like a man chased by killers.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
"Headhunters" is a bit like an Ikea desk assembled with your nondominant arm -- sleek and attractive, but likely to fall to pieces if you look at it too hard.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
Like a Teutonic techno band, this thriller is both skillfully familiar and chillingly strange.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
...a sordid blast of delirious violence, brutal corporate satire, and male inadequacy.
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
This is one funny, gory, high-class crime thriller and my favorite Norwegian export since 'Troll Hunter.'
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Headhunters is a slick entertainment with well-orchestrated chases and bloody shootouts, though its characterizations are shallow and sketchy.
Gerald Peary - Boston Phoenix
Do yourself a favor and see this one before some Yank director gets it all wrong.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Despite the gaps in logic the movie...is cannily put together and easily holds your attention.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
A brisk, violent tour of the dangerous parts of Norway.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Whatever the cinematic equivalent of a kick in the pants might be, you'll find it at Headhunters.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Director Morten Tyldum keeps the plot twisting in a manner that feels both surprising and logical, but be warned: at least two of Hennie's speedily improvised escapes get pretty messy.
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
"Headhunters" is a well-oiled, nasty machine.
Walter V. Addiego - San Francisco Chronicle
First it's a heist caper; then it's a domestic drama; and finally it's a thrilling chase film.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Headhunters works best when punishing its lead excessively, continuously, and for no apparent reason.
Andrew Simpson - Fan The Fire
...a first-class thriller with tension-enhancing music and Hitchcockian-quality cinematography highlighted by a sparkling performance by Aksel Hennie.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
I can't remember the last time a movie surprised me as much as "Headhunters": not just its story twists and turns, which are considerable, but its continual stripping of character veneer and overall audaciousness left me breathless.
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
To say too much about this taut, and often quite gory, shocking and surprising twisty mystery would spoil the freezer-burn fun.
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
A nasty little crime thriller from Norway that twists you into a state of tense uncertainty right up to the end.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
Darkly comic thriller from Norway in which a corporate headhunter who moonlights as an art thief gets a terrifying comeuppance.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
Acting is first rate, with a stellar turn by Aksel Hennie, and direction by Morten Tyldum is solid. I love seeing a terrific film from a place where you least expect it.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Headhunters is ridiculous, macabre, fun - see the original before it's irrevocably ruined by it's Hollywood remake.
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show
Headhunters' title rapidly turns literal, and what seemed like a lightweight heist thriller careens into a bloody-minded game of cat and mouse.
Sam Adams - AV Club
With the twists of a cyclone and humor that on occasion edges close to farce, it's a knife-cutting satire that's not above a bellylaugh.
Jules Brenner - Filmcritic.com
The film has some fairly grisly violence, but also considerable humor and the sort of intricate, thought-through storytelling you'd expect from Hitchcock or the Coen brothers.
Bob Mondello - NPR
A truly accomplished showcase of direction, with copious amount of surprises and neat corners on the storytelling. That Hollywood is rabid to remake the film is the least shocking thing about it.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
...extreme noir with two potential femme fatales, Tweedledee and Tweedledum cops, corporate intrigue, over the top escape plans involving out houses and tractors and an art theft expert always on the periphery.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Though the film wraps up its spinning-plates narrative a little too neatly, this is still a Scandi-noir to die for.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out New York
Given how insubstantial Headhunters is, stopping us from thinking critically may have been the point.
Calum Marsh - Slant Magazine
A sensational thriller that is both a satiric examination of the principal character's feeling of inadequacy and a scary look at a man's frantic attempts to escape a killer.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
- Empire Magazine
Nothing is exactly illogical and each surprise is cleverly prepared for in this cool, brutal, intelligent movie.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Tyldum's highly accomplished and darkly comical thriller should be seen and savoured for its poise, pace and Hennie, as well as for its filmmaking techniques ...
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
The action is relentless and the suspense never lets up.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
This is basically a genre movie that wants to do more than just entertain while turning the screw on unfettered capitalism. I'm not sure it does that, but it certainly does entertain.
- This is London
Hennie's performance works jolly hard to win our last-ditch sympathies, but the movie's cold outlandishness - wickedly funny, at times - makes us feel like willing dupes in a con game.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
[A] hilarious satire on male inadequacy disguised as an outrageously violent crime thriller. It's all the d*ck-measuring and overcompensating elevated out of the subtext to actively fuel the humor and the suspense...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Despite the added satirical depths, this is a movie that will only need a single viewing to 'get'.
David Jenkins - Little White Lies
It's so gripping you won't mind the subtitles.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Hennie's hangdog hero makes this a perversely entertaining ride, even at its most relentless and - particularly for Roger Brown - punishing.
Damon Wise - Radio Times
Schadenfreude is tempered by a sense that Roger is all too emblematic of our current plight in Europe. He deserves his comeuppance, of course, but he isn't the only one in recent years who's been living beyond his means and riding for a fall.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Use your head...and hunt it down.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
Behind the cold calculation of the narrative lies a warm heart and an uplifting message about love. See it before the Hollywood remake.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
It's a slickly-made, compelling story about a headhunter with a taste for swapping art masterpieces with forgeries in order to fund a lavish lifestyle for a wife who wants babies when he doesn't.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
Enjoyable, fast paced, blackly comic and occasionally horror-tinged thriller with a sharp script, impressive direction and a terrific central performance from Aksel Hennie.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Always deliriously entertaining.
Tom Huddleston - Time Out
This crime thriller from Norway has an entertainingly schizophrenic feel as it twists its way from daring heist movie to farcical black comedy, with a few drops of serious human drama thrown in for good measure.
Simon Weaving - Screenwize
It's fascinating rather than exciting, but makes for chilly thrills with two strong, charismatic lead performances, a great deal of style and amusingly repulsive, ruthless twists.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
See this version now before Hollywood spoils the fun.
Siobhan Synnot - Scotsman
A nice blend of Scandinavian sophistication and Hollywood slickness, Headhunters is an entertaining Nordic noir achievement...
Matt Glasby - Total Film
Many of the elements are familiar, but the setting, the actors and the director's confident style set them apart.
Dominic Corry - Flicks.co.nz
A super-slick thriller that doesn't let up, with exceptional performances all round. Make sure you catch it before the inevitable US remake rears its head.
Ed Gibbs - The Sun Herald
Like a good magician, director Morten Tyldum attracts our attention with a sleight of hand as he prepares the ground for a much edgier film
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
A rip-roaring edge of seat thriller that delivers tension, surprises and black humour
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Headhunters is a thrilling amalgamation of the heist thriller and chase movie, giving Hollywood a run for its money on how to do genre without sacrificing character.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
Headhunters seems to take place in the same universe presided over by the prankster Gods in the Coen brothers' flicks; the very ones who punish anyone who dares to make a decision based on greed. More movies should be set there.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
in this cat-and-mouse thriller, while red herrings might be expected, it is the black comedy that is the real surprise, rescuing Headhunters from both Norwegian dourness and Tinseltown blandness.
Anton Bitel - Eye for Film
...one of the most exciting, flat-out captivating thrillers to come around in quite some time.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews