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Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

Thriller . Crime . Action . Drama

The true story of the kidnapping of Freddy Heineken, the grandson of the founder of the Heineken brewery, and his driver. They were released after a ransom of 35 million Dutch guilders was paid.

Actors: Thomas Cocquerel , Mark van Eeuwen , Ryan Kwanten , Sam Worthington , Jim Sturgess , Anthony Hopkins
Directors: Daniel Alfredson
Release: 2015-03-06
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  • Rex Reed

    Anthony Hopkins plays the king of the hops, and he is excellent. So is the rest of the movie, a sober, no-frills account about the highest ransom ever collected up to that time — $10 million and counting.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    The true story of Freddy Heineken’s kidnapping is fascinating, but Kidnapping Mr. Heineken is a disappointingly superficial film in which neither the kidnappers nor their captives are particularly interesting.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    It’s a good looking film, just a tad on the dull and predictable side. But the occasional flash of Hopkins threatens, at several moments, to turn this formulaic true-heist tale into something more psychological, more pathological or at least allegorical. He isn’t really given the chance.

    Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Kevin Jagernauth

    Kidnapping Mr. Heineken never conveys how a bunch of working stiffs transformed themselves into a coiled — if scrappy and ragtag — criminal operation.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Rupert Hawksley

    A flabby, directionless disappointment, which only occasionally raises the heart-rate.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Fionnuala Halligan

    A strangely lacklustre, unconvincing attempt to tell the story of the Heineken kidnapping.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    Despite its true-events pedigree, Kidnapping Mr. Heineken is woefully captive to B-movie crime saga tropes.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Mr. Hopkins doesn’t have much to do, but it can be amusing to see him upstage everyone else with sonorous murmurings and imperious demands for a robe and Chinese takeout.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Sam Worthington and Jim Sturgess are solid as two of the four kidnappers, but Swedish director Daniel Alfredson pushes the caper button too many times. More sly wit would have helped things come to a head.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    Kidnapping Mr. Heineken isn’t a comedy of incompetence, or the psychological battle of wills its opening scene suggests. It’s hard to see exactly what the filmmakers were going for, beyond bringing a real-life story to the big screen as dutifully and dully as possible.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The utter lack of surprises and waste of a first-rate cast — Anthony Hopkins as Alfred "Freddy" Heineken; Jim Sturgess and Sam Worthington as kidnappers — make for a tremendous letdown.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Frank Scheck

    By the time the relatively brief but seemingly interminable proceedings reach their conclusion, viewers may feel like they've been held hostage themselves.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Aaron Hillis

    Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington, and True Blood's Ryan Kwanten co-star in this glossy, lifelessly paced edition as three of the criminals, though their underwritten personas and motivations are fairly interchangeable.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Geoff Pevere

    The problem with Kidnapping Mr. Heineken, which is the second movie in four years about the sensational 1983 crime (the other was a Dutch production with Rutger Hauer as the dapper snatchee), is that it follows the kidnappers out the door instead of sticking with the coolly composed man behind it.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    A dull, trite thriller.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Carson Lund

    For all the thematic emphasis the script ultimately places on the allegedly thick bonds among these men, it's surprising how often they communicate solely through exposition.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    Much like the lager that gives the film its name, Kidnapping Mr. Heineken is bland on the palette and best pissed away.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Dan Callahan

    The filmmakers were able to pay his fee, and so Hopkins shows up for another rubbishy, misbegotten project and shames the whole enterprise with his open and volatile face, his incisive voice, his mere ultra-soulful presence. Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    About as appealing as day-old beer littered with cigarette butts, the abysmal caper drama Kidnapping Mr. Heineken is one of those international co-productions produced for all the right tax-credit reasons and none of the right artistic ones.

    Variety Full Review
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