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  • Summary: A gripping drama from celebrated Danish director Per Fly, The Inheritance is the story of a man transformed by power. [Cinema Guild]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. 100
    A powerhouse. Highly dramatic and intensely emotional, blessed with strong themes and an unstoppable narrative drive, it is adult, intelligent entertainment of a kind we rarely see these days.
  2. 90
    Thomsen's transformation from easygoing entrepreneur to ruthless executive is so engrossing I didn't pick up on the story's chilling Freudian subtext until very near the end.
  3. 83
    The politics of the story come to life through the vivid characterizations of a uniformly excellent cast.
  4. Once we learn the story's terrain, we have a pretty good idea of the paths it will follow. Still, because the picture is tidily directed and acted--in one case, better than that--it has the comforts of well-made old things.
  5. As the relentlessly morose movie shows, a corporate hero is not the same thing as a humanitarian; in many ways, he's the antithesis.
  6. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Tautly scripted by director Per Fly and bullishly played, this is soap for the ciné-sophisticate.
  7. Don't see The Inheritance if you're already depressed. This airless downer from Danish director Per Fly is about an heir who makes one wrong decision from which even lousier decisions effortlessly flow.

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1