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Valhalla Rising

After years of slavery, Viking warrior One-Eye (Mads Mikkelsen) escapes from his captors and seeks refuge on a Norse ship bound for his homeland. When a storm throws them off course, the crew lands at a mysterious realm inhabited by invisible demons. As the bloodthirsty creatures claim one sailor after another, One-Eye rediscovers his fighting spirit but begins to wonder if they have arrived in Jerusalem or someplace much more sinister.
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Netflix Rating: 2.9
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 71%
Critics' score: 69   Audience score: 42   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

It's a chilly, often slow, uncompromisingly harsh film, but Refn's images will sear your retinas. full review

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

If only the pieces added up to an experience that sticks and that didn't finally succumb to a shrug of entropy. full review

Ty Burr, Boston Globe

You sometimes wish Refn's gift for Ridley Scott-level mayhem had won the battle over his much iffier Werner Herzog leanings.

Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

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. full review

John Anderson, Wall Street Journal

Mr. Refn, who can pull off stylish brutality (in the Pusher films and Bronson), shows no knack for the kind of visionary, hallucinatory image making that would render Valhalla Rising memorable. full review

Mike Hale, New York Times

Lots of movies about the Middle Ages can do the mud and blood -- though we sure see a lot of both here -- but in this movie it's like Refn has ripped you out of time and dropped you there. full review

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com

It's Herzog deconstructed and reconstructed, amped up and slowed down -- like the way '60s band Vanilla Fudge used to take Top 40 hits and drag them out for most of an album side. full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

When it comes to crazy, violent, semidelirious, testosterone-laden, proto-Viking tales about a mute visionary one-eyed warrior who breaks skulls, Valhalla Rising is pretty great. full review

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

Valhalla Rising is nothing more than an updated version of the kind of time-honored Hollywood Viking movie Kirk Douglas used to do in his sleep, which means lots of inhuman, bone-crunching violence and no plot. full review

Rex Reed, New York Observer

A movie as maddeningly ponderous and self-important as its black-metal title. full review

Vadim Rizov, Village Voice

Mesmerizing ... A trippy nightmare of savage poetry burning slow across bleak and otherworldly landscapes. full review

Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
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