Arctic Reviews

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October 23, 2018
The simplicity of the film is commendable, but it's only in the last act where things finally come together and any kind of visceral thrills arrive far too late.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 28, 2018
Arctic is a gruelling survival thriller that isn't for the faint-hearted, but Mads Mikkelsen is magnetic in this ice-cold and bare-bones tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 14, 2018
A slew of survival films rely on thin backstories and forced drama to eek out emotion - Arctic is the polar opposite.
May 11, 2018
Here is a gripping and efficient addition to the rugged survivalist thriller genre, a realm where men are men and howling lamentations at the unforgiving sky is seen as entirely acceptable behaviour.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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May 12, 2018
Mads gets to show an intense vulnerability for once. That's worth seeing, though one wishes Arctic complicated its life-and-death ordeal a little more, or at least varied its obstacles.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 11, 2018
It's broad stuff, and well-trod terrain for a movie that takes place in uncharted territory, but it cuts straight to the difference between endurance and survival.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 11, 2018
This is Penna's debut feature, and he has set himself a high bar which he just about scrapes over, with Mikkelsen giving the entire project a super-strength leg up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 11, 2018
Arctic is stark and visceral, stripped of any distracting elements, and for the survival movie purist, it's an artful entry into the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 19, 2019
A harrowing tale of survival, Arctic relies on visuals of crisp white snow and vast landscapes to lure us into the reality in which Mads Mikkelsen's pilot is stranded.
January 19, 2019
I guess most survivor thrillers are kinda torture porn and Arctic is one in which the torture is dealt out by nature.
January 19, 2019
...apart from most films of this ilk, akin to a Robert Bresson film in its stark minimalism and use of purely visual cinematic storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 15/20
May 11, 2018
One man's struggle for survival is served straight-up and well-chilled in Brazilian YouTube phenomenon Joe Penna's debut feature.
May 11, 2018
Mikkelsen takes commanding centre stage in a guilty-pleasure survival drama with global ambitions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 11, 2018
There are no cut corners, no overly blatant only-in-the-movies gambits. Mikkelsen's stranded pilot has little to rely on beyond his will, so we feel at every step that he could truly be us.
May 11, 2018
Arctic is elegantly shot, crisp and unfussy, and seamless in its near-invisible use of digital effects, creating a persuasive you-are-there feeling that's rare in these days of flashy CG thrills.
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