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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 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
  • Director: André Øvredal
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Horror
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 90 min
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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: 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.
  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: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Jul 16, 2013
    10
    An entertaining movie. It has some flaws, but the movie is build up in a way that makes it ok. Like how the characters react in some situations, but the movie does`nt try to be anything more than it is. You have to watch it with a "Twinkle in the". It has some elements "from the real world" mixed in it (sorry my bad English), who makes it very funny, but maybe only Scandinavians pick this up. I think its entertaining for everyone who likes the genre, but maybe you have to be from Norway/Scandinavian to pick up everything that makes it a 10.. Expand
  2. Feb 7, 2012
    10
    Great movie - good effects even though its fairly lowbudget. History is ok, and the troll are HC Andersen adventure like, which fits the atmosphere of the movie (pardon my spelling im from Denmark) Expand
  3. 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 than watching a manic chase scene involving a giant three-headed troll? Okay, maybe doing so with popcorn. Expand
  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, 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. Aug 25, 2011
    6
    You know a film with this title is going to be a comedy it has to be. The problem with TrollHunter is that you can't tell when the comedy begins and the drama of a situation ends. Don't get me wrong there are some very funny lines like "Why couldn't he just say he was Christian." However these funny moments are rare leaving me to question the exact intentions of such a silly silly concept. 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 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 a waste of time. Expand

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