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Based on a story by Norway's leading crime novelist Jo NesbÝ, Jackpot is a Coen Brothers-inspired take on homicidal greed and betrayal, Scandinavian-style. When Christmas tree factory supervisor Oscar Svendsen wakes up terrified and bloody in a strip joint, with a shotgun in his hand and eight corpses surrounding him, he's clearly going to have a lot of explaining to do. Under the intense interrogation of hard-boiled detective SolÝr, Oscar begins piecing together the unbelievable story of how he won the top prize in a soccer pool with his 3 dangerous ex-con colleagues. With a pile of… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Unabashedly derivative but nonetheless entertaining."
‑ Bruce Ingram, Chicago Sun-Times
"Blood-spattered crime comedy benefits from whip-smart pacing and quirky Scandinavian attitude."
‑ John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
""Jackpot" plays like an over-the-top story told by a drunken film fan at a bar: "Dude, I just saw this movie and it was CRAZY. You have to see it." Trust me, you don't."
‑ Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
"It's probably a good thing that the characters are so unlikeably dumb in Magnus Martens' violent black comedy Jackpot. You don't want to become attached to any of these guys. They tend to disappear quicker than cast members on Game of Thrones."
‑ Dann Gire, Daily Herald (IL)
"The recent influx of Scandanavian thrillers and murder mysteries gets an amusingly grimy entry."
‑ Dominic Corry, Flicks.co.nz
"As an absurdist suspense film, "Jackpot" mostly hits its marks. As a comedy, it's less successful, stronger on sight gags than on the detective's sarcasm."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times
"Martens punctuates proceedings with moments of black humour and sudden, shocking violence, while the sheer frequency of twists, double-crosses and switchbacks keep the plot rattling along."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"Here is a mean-spirited movie about bad-hearted people in which the central question seems to be which of these characters is the nastiest of the lot."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
"Jackpot feels more like Guy Ritchie than the Coen brothers. It revels in moronic violence, unleavened by playfulness or wit."
‑ Mike D'Angelo, The Dissolve
"Jackpot lacks the breakneck narrative drive of the previous Nesbo screen adaptation, the terrific Headhunters, but keeps things gripping with its own share of sick twists and grisly gags."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"Certainly, a lot of blood is spilled in the name of laughs. There's only one problem with its broad attempts at grotesque comedy: Jackpot simply isn't funny."
‑ Calum Marsh, Village Voice
"In his sophomore feature, helmer Martens delivers on the promise he displayed in his debut, United, creating a stylish and pacey action-comedy full of spot-on performances, inspired but gruesome gags, with crack comic timing and barbed dialogue."
‑ Alissa Simon, Variety
"Capable, candy-colored, often giddily gruesome Euro-action from Norway, replete with lottery winnings, double-crosses, discreet vivisection and a shootout in a strip club called "Pink Heaven" with a single survivor whom the police want explanations from."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"Chronically let down by a lack of character development, with no spark at the off to get the whole thing rolling."
‑ Sam Bathe, Fan The Fire
"A true "black comedy" if ever there was one."
‑ CJ Johnson, ABC Radio (Australia)
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