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Based on 21 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    This terrific film certainly contains the spark of discovery. show more

  • 60
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    Delivering visual drama and understated character study, sometimes in disappointingly formulaic fashion, the feature has its incisive moments but falls short as both epic and intimate portrait. show more

  • 75
    Ian Buckwalter NPR

    There's no denying its status as a rousing and thoroughly enjoyable Old Hollywood-style adventure. show more

  • 75
    Bill Zwecker Chicago Sun-Times

    Kon-Tiki reminds us how important it is to expand our horizons by making discoveries, exploring new worlds and pushing ourselves to the absolute limits of human endurance. show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    In the most thrilling sequence of this consistently rousing old-school adventure, Heyerdahl grabs a passing shark with his bare hands, thrusts a hook into it, drags it aboard and guts it with a knife. Now that’s what I call entertainment. I haven’t seen such crazed brutality since Lou Lumenick’s review of “Movie 43.” show more

  • 75
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    As an epic of awesome achievement, it never bores. show more

  • 75
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    Kon-Tiki is a grand old school yarn with enough drama and dramatic incidents to make even Indiana Jones envious at the adventure of it all. show more

  • 75

    While the wind goes out of its sails a few times along the way, this is a ravishingly photographed, old-fashioned man-against-the-elements adventure epic propelled by human-scaled heroics. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Kon-Tiki is stalwart and uplifting and there are passing moments of wonder. show more

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    In a kind of perverse alchemy, this film manages to turn that narrative gold into dross, and reduce the daunting perils of a 4,300-mile voyage to a ho-hum checklist. Welcome to the reverse magic of the movies. show more

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