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Headhunters

Living way beyond his means, corporate recruiter Roger Brown steals rare artwork to maintain his lavish lifestyle. But when he plans to boost an especially valuable painting, he targets a man who has headhunting skills of a different variety.
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Netflix Rating: 3.7
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 92%
Critics' score: 92   Audience score: 86   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

"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. full review

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

By film's end, we're deep into Coen brothers territory, with an extra splash of Sam Raimi-level gore. full review

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

'Headhunters" is a frighteningly well-made thriller about an amoral art thief on the run. full review

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"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. full review

Rafer Guzman, Newsday

"Headhunters" will indeed hand you your head. full review

Tom Long, Detroit News

A cat-and-mouse game with the giddy excitement of a heist movie. full review

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. full review

Ty Burr, Boston Globe

The scenes of graphic violence are drawn out to the point where they overwhelm the story. full review

Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

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. full review

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

I knew I was being manipulated and didn't care. It was a pleasure to see how well it was being done. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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. full review

Anthony Lane, New Yorker

Headhunters is slick and spritely, a mixture of corporate skullduggery and low-life slapstick that plays like The Firm meets Blood Simple. full review

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

"Headhunters" is a well-oiled, nasty machine. full review

Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle

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. full review

Peter Howell, Toronto Star

This Norwegian thriller has a winning cutthroat perversity. full review

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

At a time when many mystery thrillers fall apart in the final fifteen minutes, Headhunters maintains its integrity. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews

The sex, nudity and violence are nonstop, but that's what makes "Headhunters" exciting entertainment. full review

V.A. Musetto, New York Post

Brown's panic is capably rendered, but his ordeals are not worth enduring to the bitter end. full review

Nicolas Rapold, New York Times

"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. full review

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

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. full review

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