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  • Summary: Evil in the form of an unknown shaman divides a small community of nomadic Inuit, upsetting its balance and spirit. Twenty years pass. Two brothers emerge to challenge the evil order: Amaqjuaq, the Strong One, and Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner. (Lot 47 Films)
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Some may find it slow. I found it utterly spellbinding.
  2. Reviewed by: Patrick "Flick" Harrison
    100
    This is quite possibly the best Canadian film of all time.
  3. 100
    An experience so engrossing it is like being buried in a new environment.
  4. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    90
    One of the most enthralling three hours you'll ever spend at the theater.
  5. The perfect antidote to the summer heat in Austin, more refreshing even than a dip in our chilly holy waters of Barton Springs.
  6. This long (nearly three hours), revelatory movie is both a thrilling adventure about endurance and survival, and an elegiac examination of centuries-old tribal culture, fast-fading in the new millennium.
  7. It's an endurance test. Though never boring, the movie is a fairly long slog through the snow.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 46
  2. Negative: 6 out of 46
  1. Apr 2, 2012
    10
    This is a must see. Aboriginal cultures across Canada have great stories worthy of film. With these stories coming alive on film, we get to be immersed in Aboriginal legends. The history of the Fast Runner, comes alive with vivid imagery and will keep drawing you in. Watch the movie, embrace the Arctic, embrace the Innu. With 6 Genie Awards given, the critics are not wrong. Collapse
  2. Aug 27, 2010
    9
    Being the first movie to ever be filmed in the Inuit language, Inuktitut, 'Atanarjuat' is as much a cultural edification as it is a sprawling tribal drama. Director Zacharias Kunuk uses the most of this unique setting, taking the time to admire the vast, open wilderness and infuse the traditions and lifestyle of the Inuit people into the script. The major misstep of this movie is its running time - at 172 minutes, I felt some of the lesser plot points could have been cut to make watching the movie less daunting. All in all, though, 'Atanarjuat' ranks as one of the better things to come out of Canada. Expand

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