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: 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    Apr 7, 2014
    Political chicanery and psychological mystery entwine with some stunning underwater sequences but don’t gel entirely satisfactorily.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Dec 5, 2014
    This one can't handle the pressure.
  7. 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.
  8. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Apr 10, 2014
    The more tangled the plot becomes, the more hackneyed Skjoldbaerg’s tactics get.

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