Mýrin (Jar City)
Mýrin (Jar City) (2006)

In 1974, a young Icelandic girl met a grim fate at the hands of a murderer -- and the crime was never solved. So begins celebrated director Baltasar Kormákur's procedural thriller Jar City (or Mýrin), adapted from Icelandic writer… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 20, 2006
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A sublimely directed thriller, Jar City combines murder mystery, family drama and ample bits of Icelandic culture into a fascinating cinematic experience.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

A satisfying, altogether distinctive piece of filmmaking.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Director Baltasar Kormakur interweaves taciturn Scandinavian humor and morbid violence for a unique combination of flavors.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A well-crafted police procedural written and directed by the Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur.

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Andrew O'Hehir

Tremendously acted and shot with memorable confidence, Jar City deserves a much wider release than it's apparently going to get.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The story, based on a best-selling novel, has familiar overtones; but Kormakur overcomes them with stylish direction.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Unnerving and emotional, this police thriller has an unnerving breadth and depth, as a murder case opens a decades-old inquiry that brings all kinds of dark creepiness with it. It's like an Icelandic twist on Seven.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Terrifically acted, expertly shot and painstakingly paced, Jar City investigates deeper, darker themes. And Erlendur is a reminder that homicide detectives don't save lives so much as exhume the meanings of violence.

A.O. Scott
New York Times

The picture of Iceland that emerges in Baltasar Kormákur's Jar City is vivid and powerful but not something the country's tourist board would be likely to endorse.

Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

Kormákur, who made the highly original 101 Reykjavik, is clearly saying something pessimistic about his homeland and, as a film-maker, has the means to do so to some effect.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
.Awesome Icelandic film, with English subtitles. About a murder case that opens past cases and the disappearances of others. Over all a good thriller. Enjoyed… More
Ross Collins
Icelandic murder mystery that would be a fairly standard story of the reopening of an old unresolved small-town case if it were not for the modern-day genetics… More
familiar stranger
An intense thriller that scores low on acting of one of the significant characters, and suffers a bit due to it. Otherwise, it's a well-packed product… More
Walter M.
In "Jar City," the body of Holberg, a middle-aged truck driver, has been discovered in a basement apartment by two children, two days after he has… More
Gordon Anderson
Twisty Icelandic who dunnit added extra flavour by its unusual setting (stark, bleak landscapes) and culture ( takeaway sheep's head !). Unusual context… More
Lesley N
I liked this. It's a murder mystery set in Iceland with a plot line and choral music like Morse. I like Morse. Very nice..