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Headhunters (15)

Action, Crime, Thriller

An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary.


The critical consensus

It may verge on the unhinged at times but Headhunters is breathlessly, outrageously entertaining.

****(*)Allan Hunter, The List, 19/03/2012

A nice blend of Scandinavian sophistication and Hollywood slickness, Headhunters is an entertaining Nordic noir achievement – and sure to be tagged as this year’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

****(*)Matt Glasby, Total Film, 26/03/2012

Headhunters is such a fresh, compact, giddy delight, that I was happy to go along with it.

****(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 01/04/2012

A slick thriller which takes place in a moral vacuum. It’s fascinating rather than exciting, but makes for chilly thrills with two strong, charismatic lead performances, a great deal of style and amusingly repulsive, ruthless twists.

****(*)Kim Newman, Empire Online, 03/04/2012

Behind the cold calculation of the narrative lies a warm heart and an uplifting message about love. See it before the Hollywood remake.

****(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 04/04/2012

Just as it’s hard not to warm to Roger, it’s hard not to respect a film that, in the end, remembers how to have fun with such ridiculous material.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 05/04/2012

Hennie’s performance works jolly hard to win our last-ditch sympathies, but the movie’s cold outlandishness — wickedly funny, at times — makes us feel like willing dupes in a con game.

***(*)(*)Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 05/04/2012

The parts barely relate, never mind work together.

**(*)(*)(*)Paul MacInnes, The Guardian, 05/04/2012

Despite the added satirical depths, this is a movie that will only need a single viewing to 'get'.

David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 05/04/2012

Well worth hunting out.

****(*)Chris Tookey, Daily Mail, 05/04/2012

You would have to go a fair way to beat Tyldum's thriller, with its pitch perfect leading man and its sheer commitment to providing wall to wall thrills. Hunt it down now.

****(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 05/04/2012

If it does look pretty sadistic by the end, then at least it's sadism carried off with style and a crushing black sense of humour.

Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 06/04/2012

A blend of black comedy, intricate twists and turns – plus an anti-hero we can relate to – there’s been nothing as captivating since No Country For Old Men.

David Edwards, Daily Record, 06/04/2012

Revels in the absurdity of its super-charged Hitchcockian story, and it's all the more enjoyable for it.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent on Sunday, 08/04/2012

Jo Nesbø's novel has been expertly transformed into a cool, brutal, deeply Scandinavian thriller.

Philip French, The Observer, 08/04/2012


Features about Headhunters (15)

Profile: Aksel Hennie--star of Jo Nesbo's Headhunters

The List, 23/03/2012

Headhunters (15)

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Friday April 20, 2012, until Thursday April 26, 2012. More info: http://www.glasgowfilm.org/theatre/

Cameo, Edinburgh from Friday May 11, 2012, until Thursday May 24, 2012. More info: http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Friday June 8, 2012, until Thursday June 14, 2012. More info: www.filmhousecinema.com

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