Kon-Tiki (2012) Synopsis
In 1947, Thor Heyerdahl and five companions cross the Pacific Ocean in a balsa-wood raft.
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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...
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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,...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Grip the Edge of Your Seat Moments

By thechase007
I really had no idea what to expect when I ventured upon this movie but was more than pleasantly surprised with the result. I am a real sucker for fabulous photography and this film was beautifully...

Best film of the year

By chriscuster
Thus far, it is the very best film I've seen this year. You will be inspired and gripped to the film minute to minute. Though a long film, it spins well with felshed out real-life characters and an...

Thrilling Ocean Adventure!

By pedsarq
This movie is based on a true story about an adventure undertaken by Swedish explorers to prove that the early people of Peru (Tiki's people) road an ocean current for 100 days and settled in...

Worth Seeing

By BMan1314
I had the pleasure of seeing this at the Dallas International Film Festival. The visuals are breath taking and knowing that this is a true story really ups its credibility. We need more films like...

Great Story Not Very Well Told

By Let's Talk Off-Broadway
Thor Heyerdahl made an incredibly risky voyage from Peru to Polynesia in a balsa wood raft in order to prove a scientific point, and its one of the great adventure stories of all time. This movie is...

Dopamine activated!

By Squirrel Dude
According to the current issue (June 2013) issue of National Geographic, dopamine is the neurotransmitter, in large amounts that drives humans to climb Mt. Everest, or to cross 5000 miles of the...

Far From Endearing But Powerful & Engaging.

By Alon Patterson
Worthy of it's Oscar winning namesake documentary, this film chronicles through a dramatic re enactment screenplay, the story of the Kon-Tiki expedition. The visuals are decent but the...

Kon Tiki - remembered

By senior fan
If I had not read the book in High School and so enraptured with this story, I probably would not have gone. It has received less than adequate publicity so I hope this review would encourage...

Kon Tiki

By DaisyDee
I Loved it! An Exciting, Gorgeous Film. It shows we should never give up on our dreams! Thor Heyerdahl didn't and this is pretty much the way it really happened. This movie fills in the gaps --...

Kon Tiki - an incredible feat of daring adventure!

By ddeluckyme
40 years ago I was enthralled with two of Thor Heyerdahl's true adventure stories: Fatu Hiva & Kon Tiki! This movie did his project justice! The final episode is an exceptional feat of stellar...

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Rated PG-13 | For A Disturbing Violent Sequence