Insomnia (1998)

Norwegian filmmaker Erik Skjoldbjaerg makes his directorial debut with the psychological police drama Insomnia. Swedish homicide detective Jonas Engström (Stellan Skarsgård) and his partner, Erik Vik (Sverre Anker Ousdal), arrive in a small… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 29, 1998
DVD Release Date: July 27, 1999
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

a masterpiece of unease and illness, the more so because the terminal sickness it describes is a universal condition.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

fascinated by the conundrums of human psychology and moral frailty, which is why the film is centered on a protagonist who is generally dislikable as a person, yet is inherently compelling as a human subject.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Superior thriller that was improved upon when remade in English.

Eric Melin

... a paranoid noir thriller in broad daylight, and Skarsgard inhabits his role so naturally that when he starts going off the rails, it's as disorienting as it is disturbing.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Mais cínico que sua refilmagem, o filme cria menos tensão por não levar o espectador a simpatizar com seu protagonista. Em contrapartida, é mais enxuto, disciplinado e conduz sua trama com mais segurança.

Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

In Insomnia the murderer and his investigator possess a human capacity for mischaracterizing traits; this is a realistic scenario in which temptation houses a narrow threshold.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

It becomes clear the title of the film could just as well be 'The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - Tromsø.'

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Spence D.
IGN Movies

A cold and stark amoral thriller.

Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International

Haunting rather than jolting; an ice pick to the heart rather than a pump-you-up roller-coaster ride.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Really didn't enjoy this. It just seemed pointless and drags along at a slow pace. I remember seeing the remake years ago, and I was equally unimpressed… More
Robert C
An interesting (if not a bit frustrating) film, about how one bad decision made in clouded state of panic / shock can quickly develope into a full-blown shit… More
Bruce Bruce
It is hard to believe that this is Erik Skjoldbjaerg's first film. It seems like a pro job to me. Very rarely do you get thrillers crafted this well.… More
Cassandra Maples
As is always the case when American producers decide to remake a relatively unknown foreign film, there are a lot of people that say this Norwegian film is… More
Graham Jones
A paranoid and claustrophobic thriller with many memorable moments. Skarsgard is great in the lead role.
Aaron Neuwirth
Holt: He who sleeps, does not sin. A well made and well acted crime thriller involving a morally ambiguous lead, placed into a plot steeped in noir, despite… More