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Polar

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Germany, USA

2019

Rated R • 1h 58m

Director Jonas Åkerlund

Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick, Fei Ren

Genre Action, Crime, Drama

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When a retiring assassin realizes he's the target of a hit, he winds up back in the game going head to head with an army of younger, ruthless killers.

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The Playlist by

It’s not tolerable as even basic movie sustenance, or adventurous cuisine, and it’s a f*cking revolting mess.
63

Slant Magazine by Chuck Bowen

The film’s horniness and amorality, a slap in the face of fanatically cautious contemporary mores, might’ve been more shocking if it weren’t placed so firmly in quotation marks.
10

Variety by Courtney Howard

Gratuitous sex, gruesome torture, copious amounts of gore, and garish imagery populate the picture. Those qualities might be reason enough for some to watch, although a great many others would do well to scroll right past it on their Netflix feeds.
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IGN by David Griffin

Mads Mikkelsen and Vanessa Hudgens’ on-screen chemistry bring some much-needed heart to Polar’s bloodsoaked story.
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New York Magazine (Vulture) by Emily Yoshida

If only the issue with Polar, Åkerlund’s fifth feature film, was merely shallowness. Polar is an execrable motion picture, a sad, lint-filled key bump scraped together from the bottom of the post-Tarantino ’90s exploitation baggie.
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The Hollywood Reporter by Keith Uhlich

Polar is pure trash, but the generousness — and, in the final stretch, the poignancy — with which Mikkelsen approaches even the most lurid of the film's conceits at least pushes it toward the top of the garbage heap.
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RogerEbert.com by Peter Sobczynski

A gross, stupid and relentlessly ugly film from start to finish, this may not be the absolute bottom of the barrel in terms of Netflix Originals but nothing else worthy of that title immediately springs to mind.
10

Los Angeles Times by Robert Abele

Too bad the only thrill you get from all the bloodletting is that you know each cartoony death brings you that much closer to the end credits.

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