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  • Summary: The government says there’s nothing to worry about – it’s just a problem with bears making trouble in the mountains and forests of Norway. But local hunters don’t believe it – and neither do a trio of college students who want to find out the truth. Armed with a video camera, they trail aThe government says there’s nothing to worry about – it’s just a problem with bears making trouble in the mountains and forests of Norway. But local hunters don’t believe it – and neither do a trio of college students who want to find out the truth. Armed with a video camera, they trail a mysterious “poacher,” who wants nothing to do with them. But their persistence lands them straight in the path of the objects of his pursuits: Trolls. They soon find themselves documenting every move of this grizzled, unlikely hero – The Troll Hunter – risking their lives to uncover the secrets of creatures only thought to exist in fairy tales. (Magnolia Pictures) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 4 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jun 6, 2011
    100
    The Troll Hunter offers high-caliber entertainment despite a low-budget production.
  2. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Jun 5, 2011
    80
    The Troll Hunter injects inventiveness, folkloric idiosyncrasy and deadpan humor into the overexploited faux-documentary trend. A generous dollop of "Jurassic Park" inspiration doesn't hurt either.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    Jun 23, 2011
    80
    The film is shot with handheld cameras in the standard mockumentary style, but the content is often hilarious, especially when the trolls show up. There's also a marvelous deadpan comic performance by Otto Jespersen as a troll-hunter and tireless dispenser of troll lore.
  4. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Jun 16, 2011
    67
    Plays like the Brothers Grimm meets "Cloverfield" with a hint of Monty Python-esque ridiculousness. For a small indie film from Norway, Trollhunter rocks it gargantuan style and then some.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jul 1, 2011
    63
    Trollhunter has a lot of down time as the crew treks to the fjords, but it's also got dryly subversive humor and, eventually, some impressive special effects.
  6. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jun 7, 2011
    60
    As with so many modern fantasy films, the sequences here seem designed to go viral on YouTube in a flash of coolness, not necessarily linger in the mind or heart.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jun 10, 2011
    20
    This is what happens when the Norwegians try to make their own "Blair Witch Project": We get three-headed trolls that hate Vitamin D and references to "Deliverance."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Sep 14, 2011
    10
    I didnt see this as a horror nor as a comedy; I saw it as original and interesting. It's about the trollhunter and how he deals with his jobI didnt see this as a horror nor as a comedy; I saw it as original and interesting. It's about the trollhunter and how he deals with his job and life. And I take my job seriously and i get angry sometimes but I also have some fun in it and funny things happen. It's that real life association to such a strange concept that makes it work

    It's great fun, if you go in not expecting a horror or a comedy.
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  2. Apr 14, 2013
    10
    Trollhunter is pretty easily my favorite movie of all time. I'm a big fan of the Sci-fi genre and the Found Footage genre and this is myTrollhunter is pretty easily my favorite movie of all time. I'm a big fan of the Sci-fi genre and the Found Footage genre and this is my favorite in both catagories. Expand
  3. Nov 7, 2014
    10
    Excellent movie. Moves quickly, special effects were much better than I expected. Great story. Amazing sound.

    Netflix had been trying to
    Excellent movie. Moves quickly, special effects were much better than I expected. Great story. Amazing sound.

    Netflix had been trying to recommend this to me for a long time. Glad I finally acquiesced.
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  4. Sep 27, 2013
    8
    The real driving force of the last decade is the attempt to turn the most illogical and mythical elements that have been in cinema for years,The real driving force of the last decade is the attempt to turn the most illogical and mythical elements that have been in cinema for years, into a believable and often more humanising take, Christopher Nolan did it with Batman, but a more candid approach is the found footage style, Trollhunter takes the ridiculous and turns it into a frightening, exciting but also believable experience. It's not the most polished of "found footage" films or mockumentary styles, but it attempts to add some impressive visuals for a small budget while also presenting this as a real thing, which it isn't. Three excited Norway students as they follow a man who isn't what everyone thinks he is, Hans (Otto Jespersen) is believed to be a poacher, taking out all the bears that are being found dead, but he actually hunts trolls, real, large and very much alive trolls, but the humour aside, the film manages to give a convincing account of Hans, a typical loner who has his truck kitted out with big lights and random medicinal supplies, while he sports a beard and fedora hat, this man seems crazy, as the students keep pointing out, but he soon starts to make sense when the young adults see exactly what he is hunting. The film is shot in a way that we have dark lighting to attempt to mask the trolls in full beam, it certainly adds a more intense and sombre feel, but what is lacking is the acting, it's too put on to be believed as a documentary, we of course need to maintain the fact that this isn't real, but it still has typical blockbuster cliches with forced dialogue to highlight a problem and silly quips to gloss over an issue.
    But it's inaccuracies and unexplained plot points aside, there is definitely a lot to admire about this edgy film, it takes a subject that isn't really explored and manages to add spice, we get full descriptions as to why they turn to stone or explode, details are certainly very informative, but the film still leaves holes and is sometimes too funny and ridiculous to take notice. Not the most impressive or serious footage film, but a battling and scary final act sets this film up to be a classic amongst the found footage era, combining flashes of genius in regards to what can be done on a budget and with a few night vision moments, it breaks new ground in the supernatural area much like 'Chronicle' did with its superhero element, but takes a lesser known subject matter which is known for kids but nothing much further, and turn it into something plausible, the young actors let the film down, but it still stands on its own feet and brings something different to the table.
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  5. Mar 13, 2015
    6
    The trolls in the movie are pretty damn big would other people see the trolls walking down a hill or over the freaking city, the visualThe trolls in the movie are pretty damn big would other people see the trolls walking down a hill or over the freaking city, the visual effect's are Okay looking I mean they are not the worst CGI that I seen I just think it looks a bit like a game when the move around and the final nick pick that I have is the movie reminds me of shadow of the colossus. the trolls in the movie are really scary and frightening at times. Expand
  6. Jun 26, 2011
    5
    It's a "fun" Blair Witch rip-off that unfortunately makes its big reveal in the trailer and about half way through the film. After you see theIt's a "fun" Blair Witch rip-off that unfortunately makes its big reveal in the trailer and about half way through the film. After you see the first troll and how it's dealt with, the suspense is gone, and you're just wondering how big the biggest troll will get. Yes, the comedic plays on the traditions (the blood of a Christian Man, etc.) are giggle-worthy, but the whole thing is just flat enough to not put it over the top into recommended territory. Expand
  7. Mar 17, 2014
    1
    It look's like some sort of low budget documentary it has some good scenes that i saw on trailer and i tried to watch it but noo it's just aIt look's like some sort of low budget documentary it has some good scenes that i saw on trailer and i tried to watch it but noo it's just a waste of time. Expand

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