100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Here's an iffy proposition. If A Hijacking was in English, or if U.S. audiences weren't finicky about reading subtitles, or if life was fair, this brilliant thriller, by the Danish filmmaker Tobias Lindholm, would be playing on multiplex screens throughout the country.
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100

New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
A Hijacking is Lindholm’s second feature as director; he’s also worked with such austere Danes as Thomas Vinterberg of Dogme 95 fame. What he’s learned, it seems, is how to strip away distractions, and let character become suspense, as well as destiny.
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100

The Playlist

By Oliver Lyttelton
The film isn’t a white knuckle ride, and the pacing can be slow at times, but this is one of those cases where that’s sort of the point, and you certainly don’t begrudge it. A Hijacking is an absorbing, highly moving film.
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100

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
Rarely leaning on the weepy families back home, this briskly paced triumph maintains a clear focus on human costs, with hope slipping away onboard while lives hang on the burp of a fax machine.
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88

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Director Lindholm is a graduate of the Dogma school, and he is able to maintain tension with a documentary camera technique, virtually no music and minimal on-screen theatrics.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A Hijacking tells a simple story whose ripples ultimately turn into tidal waves.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

[A Hijacking] illuminatingly and sensitively dramatizes an easily-overlooked global crime phenomenon.
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80

Film.com

By Jordan Hoffman
A Hijacking isn’t boring, but it is not an adventure film – it is a frustratingly realistic take on the unfortunate modern threat of piracy, and a bit of an emotional workout.
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80

Variety

By Guy Lodge
Hostage thrillers are all-too-often shrill affairs, with clock-watching screenwriters wringing maximum melodrama from spiraling disorder. Not so Tobias Lindholm’s superb A Hijacking, which actually grows more chillingly subdued as its nightmare scenario unfolds.
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80

New York Magazine (Vulture)

By David Edelstein
It’s an unshowy, quietly intense drama with grace notes in every scene — and a hellish punch.
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82 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.