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Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22

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  1. Jul 19, 2013
    This is a very disappointing movie that amazingly is made somewhat tolerable by the commanding presence of lead actor Joel Kinnaman. His portrayal of the naive chancer is so deserving of a better film. The story lacks context and focus and is surprisingly quite a drag lacking in any real tension,pace or cohesion. The last 20 minutes or so kick things into high gear, but for a two hour plus film it really is a case of too little too late. Expand
  2. Jun 1, 2013
    There's a lot I like about this gritty thriller based around the Serbian Mafia. You get an interesting insight into that world. The acting is fine, the characters are believable, but none of them are really likeable, even if you get shown that they have a human side. I suppose I'm old fashion and I like rooting for someone in a film. It's very full on, violent and intense with slick production and good music but a bit silly and contrived. Some odd moments that just make you laugh out loud. Like some guy in a room screaming in slow motion because he's had such a bad day Expand
  3. CMC
    Jul 20, 2012
    This film is weak and feels like a TV production. Fast cutting and shaky cameras will only get you so far. Central casting did a good job, but all of the good acting is compromised by ridiculous overlays of attempted emotional depth. Do we really believe that the super-bad guys all have guilt, babies, and life-plans underneath all their badness? Not in this film for sure. The number of high reviews must point to the paucity of good films out there. The Talented Mr. Ripley this is not, although it wanted to be. Collapse
  4. Jul 17, 2012
    I won't spend a ton of time on this review other than to say I anticipated this film extremely highly. I'm a fan of Joel Kinnaman from The Killing and Safe House, and the story looked terrific. Unfortunately, even though the acting is terrific (including the outstanding Serbian lead), the story just does NOT come together. Too many threads, not enough focus. I would have loved to have seen the writers give it another shot before they started filming. Expand

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Jul 18, 2013
    A story stretched thinly between two many characters, without the dynamism or momentum to keep itself charging onwards.
  2. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    May 20, 2013
    There's plenty here to show why director Daniel Espinosa caught Hollywood's eye, even if this pre-Safe House crime drama holds few surprises.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 17, 2012
    One of the most involving of the many first-rate thrillers that have come recently from Scandinavia.