80

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
Directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are unusually committed to maritime mechanics, and the excitement grows as steadily as the sailors’ beards.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
This terrific film certainly contains the spark of discovery.
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75

The Playlist

By Jessica Kiang
There is little more to Kon-Tiki than a fun, handsomely-mounted, old-style adventure story. And as impressive a feat as that is to achieve, especially outside of Hollywood, which kind of specialises in this sort of thing, those looking for something with more depth from this category may come away a little disappointed.
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75

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
In the most thrilling sequence of this consistently rousing old-school adventure, Heyerdahl grabs a passing shark with his bare hands, thrusts a hook into it, drags it aboard and guts it with a knife. Now that’s what I call entertainment. I haven’t seen such crazed brutality since Lou Lumenick’s review of “Movie 43.”
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75

NPR

By Ian Buckwalter
There's no denying its status as a rousing and thoroughly enjoyable Old Hollywood-style adventure.
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75

The A.V. Club

By Sam Adams
Kon-Tiki, Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg’s modern dramatization, while well-acted and smartly filmed, rarely musters any actual sense of excitement.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Zwecker
Kon-Tiki reminds us how important it is to expand our horizons by making discoveries, exploring new worlds and pushing ourselves to the absolute limits of human endurance.
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
Kon-Tiki features a protagonist who was determination itself, a filmmaking style that is square as opposed to cutting edge, and a story that is strong enough to involve us despite its earnest underpinnings.
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60

Variety

This is filmmaking of great ambition and ability, though it’s not always conducive to solid storytelling.
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30

The New York Times

By Manohla Dargis
There’s no denying the real Heyerdahl’s bravery, but if this movie is to be believed, his voyage was largely bereft of tension and interesting conversation.
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63 out of 100
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