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  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    My main quibble is that the ending is a bit softer than I might have hoped for, but don't let that dissuade you. Headhunters is a well-oiled, nasty machine. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    A transgenre thriller that glides effortlessly from crisp social commentary through off-kilter comedy to paranoid terror, it's on my short list of the most enjoyable movies in recent memory. show more

  • 60
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    Twisty enough to please many arthouse patrons, though some will be rolling their eyes by the end. show more

  • 85
    Bob Mondello NPR

    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. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It's not often a thriller keeps me wound up as well as Headhunters did. I knew I was being manipulated and didn't care. It was a pleasure to see how well it was being done. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Swift, amoral and nicely unpredictable. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

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

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    The sex, nudity and violence are nonstop, but that's what makes Headhunters exciting entertainment. See it before the Hollywood remake, possibly starring Mark Wahlberg, gets it all wrong. show more

  • 75
    Washington Post

    Headhunters has less in common with the somber, brooding tone of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" than the cheeky black comedy "In Bruges." show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

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

  • September 16, 2012 er00000000129482
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    Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie) seems to have it all, a top corporate headhunter with a beautiful wife, and all the lavish trappings of a successful life. Cocky and supremely arrogant, reputation and taking risks is everything to Brown. Brown also leads a double life, which is possibly even more lucrative. He meets his match in Clas Greve (Nikolaj Coster-Walda). Greve is cockier still, wealthier, handsome, taller (Brown is ‘only’ 5ft 6″) and probably even more loathsome. Brown tries to persuade Greve to join his company, but Greve refuses to play his game and things start to unravel. Clearly ruffled, Browns perfect existence quickly deteriorates as Greve engages him in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Brown becomes a shell of a man through a series of terrifying events, some so humiliating that you might actually sympathise with his *************. With one of the best cinematic ‘Why is this **** happening to me?’ faces of recent times, the excellent Hennie is completely believable whether smarmy or ridiculously out of his depth. Director Tyldum has created a stylish and entertaining thriller, full of darkly comic tension. ‘Headhunters’ does require a generous amount of suspension of disbelief, but the film’s momentum was just too quick by the end and much was glossed over too swiftly. You had little time to consider how implausible the proceedings were, however inventive the many tw

  • September 01, 2012 zg00000000074322
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    overall it was a pretty good film with lots of action. It has a Tarantinoesque ending too.

  • August 29, 2012 cl00000000128375
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    awesine

  • July 20, 2012 underpar629
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    OMG! What a great movie, I not really sure why the Critic\'s scores are so low but this is a must see action drama, very smart and well played out... I am glad I took the risk, I just might pay to go see it again and I don\'t do repeats.

  • July 02, 2012 as00000000126434
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    This movie is probably the best movie I have seen in years. Put Tarantino, Stone and the Cohen Brothers together and you get \"Headhunters\". There are some scenes where I caught myself saying \"you have got to be kidding\" or \"I hope the other people in the audience are not going to have a heart attack\". I just had to laugh because there were so many crazy scenes that you have to ask \"who thinks up this stuff\". It was awesome.

  • June 09, 2012 mikesmutt
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    terrific story, terrific pace and no way to know what\'s going to happen next---best movie this year by far

  • April 28, 2012 David
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    Funny, exciting and smart.

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