Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13

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  1. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Dec 4, 2014
    What’s admirable about Pioneer is its succession of interesting environments, both below and above the water’s surface, and the quietly appealing figure at the center of the international intrigue.
  2. Reviewed by: Sam Weisberg
    Dec 2, 2014
    The tension never lets up.
  3. Reviewed by: Carson Lund
    Nov 30, 2014
    Its greatest asset, and another trait it shares with Mann and Fincher's work, is a careful attention toward the particulars of its milieu in a way that doesn't call attention to those period touches.
  4. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Dec 4, 2014
    As far as conspiracy thrillers go, Pioneer is as paranoid as they come.
  5. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Dec 5, 2014
    Remember this name: Aksel Hennie. If Pioneer, a mixed bag of a conspiracy thriller, works at all, it largely does so because of him. Hennie, now into his second decade as an actor in Norwegian film (he’s also written and directed a feature) gives a spectacular performance as Petter.
  6. Reviewed by: Trevor Johnston
    Apr 9, 2014
    Pioneer delivers insidious, shadowy tension, while it’s genuinely surprising to find yourself so engrossed – story glitches notwithstanding – in key issues like compression sickness and divers’ gas supply.
  7. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    Apr 7, 2014
    Political chicanery and psychological mystery entwine with some stunning underwater sequences but don’t gel entirely satisfactorily.
  8. Reviewed by: Jamie Graham
    Apr 7, 2014
    Pioneer features underwater sequences so breathless they’ll thrill even James Cameron (director Erik Skjoldbjærg made the original Insomnia) but Petter’s truth-chasing is at times too frantic and melodramatic.
  9. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Dec 18, 2014
    The movie isn’t really bad, just tepid, and it’s partly redeemed by a good lead performance.
  10. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Dec 4, 2014
    Mr. Skjoldbjaerg, who also tapped Norwegian history with his bank robbery re-enactment “Nokas,” doesn’t convey a creeping atmosphere of moral rot so much as an irksome glumness.
  11. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Dec 5, 2014
    This one can't handle the pressure.
  12. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Dec 4, 2014
    With no compelling characters in sight, and a director whose formal acumen begins and ends with forbidding locations (in this case, underwater), Pioneer has to lean on its drab story.
  13. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Apr 10, 2014
    The more tangled the plot becomes, the more hackneyed Skjoldbaerg’s tactics get.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Sep 9, 2015
    The first user review...that is quite the honor i must say....other than wanting to to 100 meters or the gas ....i like how he makes a run forThe first user review...that is quite the honor i must say....other than wanting to to 100 meters or the gas ....i like how he makes a run for it with the folder;...but its definately not an interesting conspircy thriller ....hard to believe it will have a good ending Full Review »