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Headhunters

- The hunt is on.
Headhunters
Headhunters Rating: 71 out of 100 based on 20 reviews.
Everybody wants something. Nobody gets it for free. Not without stepping over corpses. The headhunt has begun.
Production
Director:Morten Tyldum
Producer:Anni Faurbye Fernandez (executive producer)
Marianne Gray (producer)
Lone Korslund (executive producer)
Christian Fredrik Martin (executive producer)
Paul Røed (line producer)
Asle Vatn (producer)
Mikael Wallen (executive producer)
Writer:Lars Gudmestad
Jo Nesbø (novel)
Ulf Ryberg
Reviews for Headhunters
Eric D. Snider
With “Headhunters,” a whip-smart and stylishly entertaining entry from Norway, you get three movies in one: first it’s a heist caper; then it’s a domestic drama; and finally it’s a thrilling chase film.
The Critical Critics
Headhunters (directed by Morten Tyldum) is a crime thriller based on Jo Nesbo’s 2008 best seller of the same name and produced by the people that brought us the movie adaption’s of the Stieg Larsson trilogy. Don’t let that fact fool you into expecting...
Read review15 Mar 2012
Reel Film Reviews
Based on the novel by Jo Nesbo, Headhunters follows slick corporate headhunter Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie) as he augments his primary income by stealing high-profile paintings on the side - with problems ensuing as a potential mark...
madison.com
If you can’t make it to the beach this summer, go see "Headhunters." Watching the Norwegian thriller is like settling in with a beach read, without the need to apply SPF 30.
Read review2 Aug 2012
Miami Herald
Headhunters starts out like one of those enjoyably preposterous thrillers about rich white guys that might have starred James Spader or Michael Douglas in the 1990s. By film’s end, we’re deep into Coen brothers territory, with an extra splash of Sam...
Read review31 May 2012
Reviews for Headhunters
Eric D. Snider
With “Headhunters,” a whip-smart and stylishly entertaining entry from Norway, you get three movies in one: first it’s a heist caper; then it’s a domestic drama; and finally it’s a thrilling chase film.
The Critical Critics
Headhunters (directed by Morten Tyldum) is a crime thriller based on Jo Nesbo’s 2008 best seller of the same name and produced by the people that brought us the movie adaption’s of the Stieg Larsson trilogy. Don’t let that fact fool you into expecting...
Read review15 Mar 2012
Reel Film Reviews
Based on the novel by Jo Nesbo, Headhunters follows slick corporate headhunter Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie) as he augments his primary income by stealing high-profile paintings on the side - with problems ensuing as a potential mark...
madison.com
If you can’t make it to the beach this summer, go see "Headhunters." Watching the Norwegian thriller is like settling in with a beach read, without the need to apply SPF 30.
Read review2 Aug 2012
Miami Herald
Headhunters starts out like one of those enjoyably preposterous thrillers about rich white guys that might have starred James Spader or Michael Douglas in the 1990s. By film’s end, we’re deep into Coen brothers territory, with an extra splash of Sam...
Read review31 May 2012
New York Post
Beware of short guys with Napoleon complexes. They’re paranoid and neurotic, and will stab you in the back if need be. Take Roger Brown, the 5-foot-6 antihero of the tense and twisted Norwegian thriller “Headhunters.” He owns a lavish house, a snazzy...
Read review26 Apr 2012
The A.V. Club
For art thief Aksel Hennie in Headhunters, a day gig as a corporate recruiter is simply a convenient cover, an opportunity to quiz wealthy businessmen on their collections and keep his wife (Synnøve Macody Lund) from asking questions. But stonewalling...
Read review26 Apr 2012
Washington Post
How does a filmmaker bridge the gap between thriller and comedy? Maybe by taking some cues from Morten Tyldum, director of the Norwegian film "Headhunters." When the movie's protagonist, Roger Brown, finds himself covered in human feces and evading...
Read review11 May 2012
Quickflix
Morten Tyldum‘s Headhunters is the latest adaptation of a hit Scandinavian crime novel to arrive in cinemas. If one more gets the same treatment, it’s officially a trend! But The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo this ain’t.
Read review11 Jul 2012
MovieXclusive.com
“Headhunters” is out for blood. In this movie, you see bodies getting mangled, faced being smashed in, and blood spraying all over the place. It’s all part of the dazzling mayhem. But, in a case of unfortunate ironic titles, “Headhunters” doesn’t make a
QNetwork Entertainment
A superior Nordic thriller, Headhunters (Hodejegerne), based on the 2008 novel by celebrated crime writer Jo Nesbø, is a twisted and twisting take on the potentially lethal outcomes of male ego and insecurity, which find their greatest embodiment...
Filmcritic.com
From the penetrating pen of Jo Nesbø, arguably Scandinavia's hottest mystery writer, comes this "scandi-crime" thriller which tells us what happens when a bad guy meets another bad guy and the 2nd bad guy is really bad. Like, nasty. Murderous.
Read review26 Apr 2012
Laramie Movie Scope
What starts off as a caper film turns into an all out fight for survival as an art thief stumbles into a deadly corporate power play. This film is filled with suspense, violence, duplicity and emotion. The plot has a number of interesting twists.
Read review23 Nov 2012
Reel Views
What starts out as a seemingly conventional caper movie quickly transforms into something that's anything but conventional, with bizarre twists, bloody mayhem, and a macabre sense of humor. All this with only five significant characters.
Read review28 Apr 2012
Sacramento News & Review
Director Morten Tyldum’s brutal and clever nail-biter, adapted by Lars Gudmestad and Ulf Ryberg from the Jo Nesb bestseller, twists and zips determinedly toward the pinnacle of contemporary Norwegian noir. To measure up to his taller trophy wife...
Read review28 Jun 2012
Time Out London
What’s the worst thing that can happen to a movie character? Shot, stabbed, beaten, tortured? How about exiled, chased, shot, impaled, betrayed, sacked, savaged by a pitbull, involved in a tractor crash, chucked off a cliff and forced to hide under...
TotalFilm.com
In screenwriting circles, they say all of a film’s work is done in the first 10 minutes. In Morten Tyldum’s Norwegian box-office smash, a Coens-like thriller adapted from Jo Nesbø’s bestselling novel, it’s closer to 90 seconds.
Read review26 Mar 2012
The Guardian UK
If the producers of this movie have their way, Norwegian noir will be the new Stockholm suspense. Following in Stieg Larsson's footsteps, this is the first adaptation of king of the airport thriller, Jo Nesbø. The plot pits cocky recruitment consultant...
Read review5 Apr 2012
Empire
A slick thriller which takes place in a moral vacuum. It’s fascinating rather than exciting, but makes for chilly thrills with two strong, charismatic lead performances, a great deal of style and amusingly repulsive, ruthless twists.
ABC Radio (Australia)
Fortunately, and greatly to its benefit, the film doesn't take the material too seriously, and instead revels in a grim black humour. There are some excellent grotesque visual gags, and Hennie's jovial portrayal keeps the whole thing light and joyful...
Read review14 Mar 2012
Cast
Aksel Hennie...Roger Brown
Synnøve Macody Lund...Diana Brown
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau...Clas Greve
Eivind Sander...Ove Kjikerud
Julie R. Ølgaard...Lotte (as Julie Ølgaard)
Kyrre Haugen Sydness...Jeremias Lander
Valentina Alexeeva...Natasja
Reidar Sørensen...Brede Sperre
Nils Jørgen Kaalstad...Stig
Joachim Rafaelsen...Brugd
Mats Mogeland...Sunded
Gunnar Skramstad Johnsen...Monsen 1
Lars Skramstad Johnsen...Monsen 2
Signe Tynning...TV-Vertinne
Nils Gunnar Lie...TV-Vert
Torgrim Mellum Stene...Atle Nerum
Sondre Abel...Okonomisjef
Morten Hennie...Styreformann
Kyrre Mosleth...Vekter Nils
Martin Furulund...Vekter Per
Mattis Herman Nyquist...Ferdinand
Camilla Augusta Hallan...Sykepleier
Anjum Salwan...Drosjesjafer
Daniel Bratterud...Vakt (uncredited)
Petter Askø Næss...Pressefotograf (uncredited)
Production
Director:Morten Tyldum
Producer:Anni Faurbye Fernandez (executive producer)
Marianne Gray (producer)
Lone Korslund (executive producer)
Christian Fredrik Martin (executive producer)
Paul Røed (line producer)
Asle Vatn (producer)
Mikael Wallen (executive producer)
Writer:Lars Gudmestad
Jo Nesbø (novel)
Ulf Ryberg
Composer:Trond Bjerknes
Jeppe Kaas
Cinematographer:John Andreas Andersen
Editing:Vidar Flataukan
Casting:Jannecke Bervel
Production Design:Nina Bjerch Andresen
Costume Design:Karen Fabritius Gram
Makeup:Stuart Conran (prosthetics supplier)
Rick Marr (special makeup effects artist)
Jim Udenberg (special makeup effects artist)
Production Management:Trond Mjøs (production manager)
Companies
Production Studio:Friland
Yellow Bird Films
Nordisk Film
United States23 Apr 2012
Norway23 Aug 2011
Denmark15 Sep 2011
Finland30 Sep 2011
Sweden4 Nov 2011
Czech Republic10 Nov 2011
Kazakhstan12 Jan 2012
Russian Federation12 Jan 2012
Estonia13 Jan 2012
Australia1 Mar 2012
New Zealand8 Mar 2012
Germany30 Sep 2011
Ireland6 Apr 2012
United Kingdom18 Feb 2012
Netherlands12 Apr 2012
Switzerland4 Aug 2011
Canada10 Sep 2011
Greece12 Jul 2012
Belgium25 Jul 2012
LuxembourgLuxembourg1 Mar 2012
France30 Mar 2012
Poland25 May 2012
Indonesia30 May 2012
Hungary28 Jun 2012
Brazil6 Jul 2012
Singapore26 Jul 2012
Japan11 Aug 2012
Spain5 Apr 2013
Hong Kong20 Sep 2012
Argentina27 Sep 2012
Portugal13 Jun 2013
Italy31 Jul 2013
Ukraine26 Jan 2012
Serbia29 Feb 2012