Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. If a black-metal band ever made a 107-minute music video, this visually striking but otherwise ludicrous epic is probably what it would look like.
  2. 75
    While most of the scenes in Tony Stone’s peculiar Middle Ages art project look like a homemade educational reenactment, the film is actually more involving than it should be.
  3. 75
    One of the oddest movies I've seen in a while - and that's a good thing.
  4. Though there's no doubt that Mr. Stone is as serious as a heart attack when it comes to creating an air of authenticity -- hence the sloppily butchered chickens and authorial defecation -- he never settles on a coherent tone for the movie.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    50
    "Pathfinder" meets "Gerry" in Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America, a striking and virtually wordless story of two Vikings separated from their tribe and left to stumble through the North American wilderness.
  6. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    40
    The spectacle of two dudes mucking about in the primal forest becomes tedious.
User Score
4.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 3 out of 5
  1. Oct 15, 2010
    6
    Flawed but interesting. Had some issues with it, not quite as many as the rest of the people here it seems. While I too was not a huge fan of the real chicken killing or human defecation, I thought it was effective in evoking a feeling of being stranded long ago. I dont think the lo-fi camera or 70's editing was unintentional and I thought they served the story. the whole thing messed with genre and time period well and threw the viewer off in an interesting way. I even sort of dug the bad overdubbing (I dont think the actors were saying what actual voice recording was.) some of the camera work was nauseating, and I dont know if i could have watched it on the big screen. I give it big props for doing something new and interesting. I doubt anyone can say they have seen something like this. Was glad to not watch another indie flick with a quirky girl and a depressed guy or a sorta funny mobster and his spoiled daughter or something. Definitely polarizing, so be warned. Full Review »