The Northman

critic Reviews

, 89% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A bloody revenge epic and breathtaking visual marvel, The Northman finds filmmaker Robert Eggers expanding his scope without sacrificing any of his signature style.
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    Guy LodgeFilm of the Week
    Blood runs, mud flies and bones crack — in crisp, percussive ways you’ve hopefully never heard in real life — throughout The Northman, a grand, gut-spilling Norse epic that feels at once earthily ancient and thrillingly modern.
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    tt stern-enziWXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH)
    It's brutal and violent, but there's something really beautiful about it.
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    Nick SchagerThe Daily Beast
    A death-metal ode to honor, retribution and sacrifice that casts payback in a surprisingly, and thrillingly, positive light.
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    Adam KempenaarFilmspotting
    If meant to be a provocative meditation on freewill and revenge, and a bloody, visceral, painstakingly-detailed spectacle it maybe only delivers on the spectacle.
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    David StrattonThe Australian
    Overall, despite the lavish treatment, the film is surprisingly dreary...
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    James LuxfordBBC.com
    As we get to summer with a lot of polished blockbusters, this is something a bit grittier, and a bit more interesting.
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    Erin SchwartzThe Nation
    The Northman is a brutal and violent film, felt in both its protagonist’s appetite for revenge and a world that seems to require suffering to continue turning.
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    Kyle SmithNational Review
    The Northman isn’t exactly a triumph, but with its many knockout moments, it represents a big step forward for the youngish director Robert Eggers, who for the first time has a big budget ($90 million) to work with.
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    Jeffrey OverstreetLooking Closer
    Hopefully it will be received by audiences for what I believe it is: a memorable, harrowing, cautionary nightmare.
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    Andrew KendallStabroek News
    "The Northman" is winningly engaging at every turn and is best when it becomes an unabashed technical marvel. If it lacks the unpredictable looseness of “The Lighthouse” (Eggers’ best film) it offers clarity of vision with propulsive energy throughout.
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