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Trollhunter Review Critics


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Extra-large monsters, extra-medium fun. Read full review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A lot of Trollhunter - but not enough - is funny. I imagine the best way to see the movie would be the way it was presented at Sundance, at a "secret" midnight screening at which the capacity audience allegedly has no idea what it is about to see.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    It was an effective choice to shoot these majestic creatures vérité-style, with a jittery camera, but Trollhunter, unfortunately, is such an under-imagined knockoff of The Blair Witch Project that whenever the trolls aren't on screen, it verges on tedium.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    The Troll Hunter injects inventiveness, folkloric idiosyncrasy and deadpan humor into the overexploited faux-documentary trend. A generous dollop of "Jurassic Park" inspiration doesn't hurt either.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Some violence, language in fun Norwegian monster movie.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Norwegian (with English subtitles) horror comedy is presented as "found" documentary footage (much like The Blair Witch Project, though it's far less scary). There's plenty of fantasy-based creature violence as the trolls fight with humans; some wounds and icky bodily fluids (mostly non-human) are on display. Subtitles include several uses of "s--t," as well as a few other iffy words. The college-age teen characters are brave, curious, and resourceful, and despite a few downbeat notes here and there, the movie is a lot of fun (an American remake is in the works) -- it could be a good introduction to foreign-language movies for teens who might resist.

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. Was it realistic? Was it scary? What other impact did it have on you?
  • Is the troll hunter character a good guy, or a good role model? Is he someone to root for? What makes us root for certain characters and not others?
  • The film is presented as a "found footage" documentary. How might it have been different without that angle? 

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: At first, the characters don't quite know what they're getting themselves into. But despite being scared, they bravely continue on, showing teamwork and problem-solving. They eventually triumph over some very large odds.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: The troll hunter character is a bit grumpy and jaded, though he's good at his job and seems to care about the results. The filmmakers exhibit bravery, curiosity, and responsibility.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Lots of fantasy-based creature violence, with chasing, fighting, and deaths; trolls are killed on screen, and humans off screen. Guns are seen, and shots are fired at trolls. There are some bodily fluids, but mostly non-human. Viewers see a dead bear, and one human gets a scratch wound. Viewers also see some nasty scar tissue on the troll hunter in one shot.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Except for some brief mentions of troll mating habits, not an issue.

  • language false3

    Language: The spoken language is Norwegian, but the subtitles include several uses of "s--t," plus "ass," "hell," "piss," and "Christ" (used as an exclamation).

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue