The Keeper of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret)
The Keeper of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret) (2016)

Based on the international bestseller, the riveting first film in the Department Q series introduces maverick detective Carl Mørck (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) who, after majorly botching an assignment, is relegated to reviewing cold cases. With his… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 17, 2016
DVD Release Date: June 17, 2016
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Rechtshaffen
Los Angeles Times

A darkly compelling, skillfully crafted cold case thriller.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

The usual Nordic Noir garnishings of furrowed seriousness, chilly visuals and grim subject matter add a dash of flavour to this plodding crime procedural but still fail to enliven it.

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John Lucas
Georgia Straight

The climax is ultimately predictable, but Nørgaard and writer Nikolaj Arcel do manage to ratchet up some tension in the final third.

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Ken Jaworowski
New York Times

[An] expertly plotted Nordic noir.

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Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald

For all its familiarity and brooding Scandinavian characters, The Keeper of Lost Causes is still a well-presented good yarn.

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Michelle Devereaux
The Skinny

It sleepwalks through an icky narrative that could have been lifted from any slick and soulless television crime drama.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

Although each of the first three films tells a full, discrete story, they work best cumulatively, as the ongoing adventures of one cranky, conscientious cop.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[A] grim treat, mining suspense and urgency from intensely plotted dual timelines of brutal criminality. A must for fans of rumpled, cynical, bitter detectives.

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Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire

Another compelling Nordic mystery to unravel.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Parsons
Deeply average and decidedly televisual cold-case procedural.
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This movie is rather clichéd and has scenes and characters reminiscent of other major Scandi crime pieces: the Killing, Wallander, Borgen. As is so often the… More
hawk ledge
Good crime story, rather ingeniously unravelled.