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The Hummingbird Project Reviews

March 13, 2020
What might have made for either a thrilling, high-stakes drama or, at the very least, an intelligent comedy, ends up wildly uneven.
June 14, 2019
It's typical of a movie, written and directed by the Canadian film-maker Kim Nguyen, that hits all the right genre beats while consistently reaching for something more.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 13, 2019
It's the kind of verbose corporate parable David Mamet would sit down to write after a heavy night on the sauce.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 12, 2019
That the film is watchable at all, as incongruity, improbability and incomprehensibility accumulate, is a tribute to Canadian director Kim Nguyen, skilfully negotiating a script by Kim Nguyen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 12, 2019
A finance story that stretches beyond the usual coke-addled Wall Street traders.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 24, 2019
It's an odd tale, but in its sneaky way, an unexpectedly engaging one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 29, 2019
[A]n invigorating snapshot of greed that examines how far competitors will go to gain even the slightest fraction of an edge over their rivals in the stock market.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 22, 2019
The Hummingbird Project runs a lot thicker and deeper than that fiber-optic cable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 21, 2019
And so you will get no Scorsesian tracking shots of firecracker trading floors, no giddy frat boy Champagne-shaking antics; this is a slow-boil thriller coursing with melancholy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 21, 2019
A believability problem hampers this potentially fascinating story about the high-tech Wild West.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 21, 2019
Somewhere, buried within the innards of writer/director Kim Nguyen's The Hummingbird Project, is the skeleton of a compelling techno-thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 21, 2019
"The Hummingbird Project" basically works; it's intriguing; the actors play it just straight enough to make it feel like a fact-based drama (though it isn't) with a few darkly comic details.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 20, 2019
It all feels a bit contrived.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 20, 2019
It may be haphazard and loosely focused. But thanks to Skarsgård it's never really boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 20, 2019
At once an offbeat comedy and a satisfyingly weird thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 19, 2019
It's a lot to pack into a movie of less than two hours of running time. To Nguyen's credit, he balances the elements of his screenplay with such skill that the audience doesn't get too lost in the weeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 15, 2019
[Skarsgård is] often the best part of anything he's in, but here he's uncanny.
March 15, 2019
Whatever it takes to keep a techno hellraiser on its feet, this humdrum Hummingbird doesn't have it, despite the efforts of Eisenberg and Skarsgård to breathe some life into it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 15, 2019
Sometimes funny, sometimes smart, always watchable, but perhaps the film's dedication to turning a clever tale into something profound was a miscalculation.
March 15, 2019
When a story is predicated on something as dramatically inert as laying high-speed fiber-optic cable, it requires characters more fully fleshed out than those on presentation here.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 15, 2019
This one works overtime, shifting gears repeatedly without once providing enough substance for the viewer to engage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 15, 2019
That so much might be riding on so little is a critical irony that The Hummingbird Project recognizes but ultimately fumbles.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 14, 2019
While its banter keeps the scenes moving along briskly, Vinny talks in that scammy "we're all going to be millionaires" way you've seen in umpteen other finance sagas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
March 14, 2019
At its best The Hummingbird Project is a parable about failure, but one that ultimately undercuts itself with redeeming goo.
March 14, 2019
A smartly entertaining and unexpectedly human film...
March 14, 2019
"The Hummingbird Project" may be too committed to its popcorn mechanics to double as a truly brainy exposé, but it pays other dividends.
September 12, 2018
An entertaining vehicle for vivid performances by both actors.
September 12, 2018
There's a good reason why no one's ever made a movie about this before - in fact, there are probably a few.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 11, 2018
There's a fascinating performance near the center of The Hummingbird Project, but director Kim Nguyen never finds the urgency in his feels-true-but-isn't narrative.
September 10, 2018
Though this intriguing genre-hybrid might be just a little too odd for more mainstream success, this is a promising step in the right direction for Nguyen.