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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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It's a chilly, often slow, uncompromisingly harsh film, but Refn's images will sear your retinas.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
 
If only the pieces added up to an experience that sticks and that didn't finally succumb to a shrug of entropy.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe  full review
 
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.
John Anderson, Wall Street Journal  full review
 
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.
Mike Hale, New York Times  full review
 
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.
Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com  full review
 
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.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger  full review
 
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.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly  full review
 
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.
Rex Reed, New York Observer  full review
 
A movie as maddeningly ponderous and self-important as its black-metal title.
Vadim Rizov, Village Voice  full review
 
Mesmerizing ... A trippy nightmare of savage poetry burning slow across bleak and otherworldly landscapes.
Aaron Hillis, Village Voice  full review
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