Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 4 out of 25
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  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jun 6, 2011
    100
    The Troll Hunter offers high-caliber entertainment despite a low-budget production.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Jun 5, 2011
    90
    Enormously entertaining chiller.
  3. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Sep 5, 2011
    80
    You might need to take a Norwegian guide along to explain various local references and identify the specific trolls, but Troll Hunter's proud cultural identity - tremble, a US remake is in the works - is its strongest suit. It's wry, spectacular fun.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Jun 9, 2011
    80
    One of the many pleasures of the Norwegian director André Ovredal's clever and engaging mock documentary Trollhunter is the way it plays with the idea of the supernatural rule book.
  6. Reviewed by: Steve Ramos
    Jun 5, 2011
    80
    Troll Hunter may be a relatively low-budget fantasy but the film looks epic in all the right sequences.
  7. 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.
  8. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Jun 30, 2011
    75
    It's contrived, but that doesn't keep it from being kinda nifty.
  9. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Jun 30, 2011
    75
    Before Trollhunter is done with, the truth about these fairy-tale creatures - they gnaw on trees and truck tires, can be turned to stone by exposure to light, and have something against people who believe in Christ - is revealed.
  10. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Jun 16, 2011
    75
    André Øvredal's dry horror-comedy Trollhunter is successful on multiple levels, with a brisk pace, excellent location work and a strong lead performance by Norwegian comedian Otto Jespersen.
  11. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Jun 10, 2011
    75
    You'll want to catch this clever movie before Hollywood ruins everything with a dumb remake.
  12. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Jun 9, 2011
    75
    The casting of Jespersen, with his sub-Wookie intonations and granite stare, is key: If this pillar of masculinity says there be trolls, I don't have to be bitten by one to believe it.
  13. 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.
  14. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jun 8, 2011
    67
    It was an effective choice to shoot these majestic creatures vérité-style, with a jittery camera, but Trollhunter, unfortunately, is such an under-imagined knockoff of The Blair Witch Project that whenever the trolls aren't on screen, it verges on tedium.
  15. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jun 10, 2011
    65
    A surpassingly silly monster movie with a side helping of satire, Trollhunter beckons mainly for its stunning Norwegian scenery and slyly effective government-bashing.
  16. 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.
  17. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jun 30, 2011
    63
    What Trollhunter isn't is particularly scary, but in its defense, it's not trying to be.
  18. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jun 22, 2011
    63
    A lot of Trollhunter - but not enough - is funny. I imagine the best way to see the movie would be the way it was presented at Sundance, at a "secret" midnight screening at which the capacity audience allegedly has no idea what it is about to see.
  19. 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.
  20. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jun 9, 2011
    50
    The trolls are the best part of Troll Hunter; they're funny and creepy.
  21. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Jun 7, 2011
    40
    As de-mythologizings go, Trollhunter has neither the wit, nor art, nor social insight to honor the legacy of George A. Romero's "Martin."
  22. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Jun 30, 2011
    38
    The film's real problem is that it can't seem to make up its mind about whether it wants to frighten us or make us laugh.
  23. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Jun 5, 2011
    38
    Injecting some down time to intimate a vast internal life is one thing, but needlessly approximating patches of wasted time is another, and Trollhunter's dully drawn characters suggest that the latter is closer to what André Øvredal came up with.
  24. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jun 8, 2011
    25
    The Trollhunter writers either have an abundance of imagination or they've been smoking a controlled substance.
  25. 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."
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 89 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Jun 13, 2011
    9
    You know what this movie is? It's something stuck up reviewers have forgotten how to experience. Fun. I mean, what could be more fun thanYou know what this movie is? It's something stuck up reviewers have forgotten how to experience. Fun. I mean, what could be more fun than watching a manic chase scene involving a giant three-headed troll? Okay, maybe doing so with popcorn. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. Dec 28, 2013
    8
    If you love fantasy based in a vast, aesthetically beautiful land with grandiose creatures that dwarf people this movie is great for that.
    I
    If you love fantasy based in a vast, aesthetically beautiful land with grandiose creatures that dwarf people this movie is great for that.
    I just want a expansion on this world of trolls and the hunters experience in life.
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