Ben Kenigsberg, NY Times:
"Director Donovan Marsh, pulls off some solid suspense
as the men make their moves and Joe, appealing to their
common calling, wins the trust of the rescued captain of
the Russian sub (Michael Nyqvist, who died last year).
However nutty its geopolitics, Hunter Killer does
its job as popcorn thriller with brisk efficiency."
Neil Soans, Times of India:
"Michael Nyqvist, in one of his last roles before his
demise, brings a war-weary and insightful aura to
Captain Andropov. His interactions with Captain Glass
are fascinating as the two skippers share a tense yet
humane kinship. There are some moments of intrigue
created when the two rival captains encounter each
Chas Farrow, Janks
"There are a few nice shots and visual effects of
submarines in the Arctic, which occasionally achieve a
sublime sense of wonder. There is also a notable scene
where Nyqvistís Russian Captain helps to navigate
the submarine through mine-infested and perilous iceberg
David Kimmel, North Shore Movies:
"While Butler is the anchor for the film, the film also
has a solid cast in supporting roles... Nyqvist conveys
a career Russian naval officer trying to thread the
needle in figuring out what course of action to follow.
If the plot sometimes falls into melodrama, the
characters and how they face various challenges makes
this more than just another action film."
Tom Santilli, AXS.com:
"The film is notable in that it contains one of the last
performances for actor Michael Nyqvist, who died last
Summer due to lung cancer. The incredibly talented
Swedish actor became known to American audiences in the
original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo movies.
Seeing him on-screen was a pleasant surprise, albeit
Keagan Miller, The
"The one performance I was impressed with came from
Michael Nyqvist, who played Butlerís counterpart
captain in the Russian navy. His stoicism and the
complexity of his character made for the one performance
in the film that I wasnít expecting, but that caught me
off guard in all the right ways. Nyqvist unfortunately
died last year after his parts in the film were complete
but well before the movie was released. He took a film
that couldíve been interesting on its own and made it
into something better."
Robert Horton, Herald Net:
"The Russian captain is played by the late Michael Nyqvist, the memorably weatherbeaten actor who came to
fame in the Swedish Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
trilogy. Nyqvist (who died at age 56 in 2017) adds a
touch of class, and many of his exchanges with Butler
take the form of grim nods of the head. Exactly what you
want in a movie like this."
Nell Minow, Movie Mom:
"The filmís most compelling scene is when Glass has to
find a way to gain the trust of a Russian captain (the
late Michael Nyqvist, showing canny grizzled wisdom)
very quickly and the two men recognize that they have
more in common with each other than they ever will with
the guys back home giving them orders based on politics
and computer screens.
Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion:
"Nyqvist, whose somber, nearly silent performance brings
some real gravity to his scenes. Itís sad to think that
this will probably be that fine actorís screen swan
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune:
"Only the late Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, as the
Russian sub commander rescued by Glass, acts with stern
distinction and zero histrionics. He was a fine actor;
heíll be missed."
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle:
"Butler is a strong leading man Ė the Tom Berenger of
our time Ė and it would be nice if he got a decent part
now and then. Still, he does OK with this one, playing
particularly well off of Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist,
who is brilliant and contained as a humane Russian
captain. It was, alas, the next-to-last performance by
Nyqvist, who died last year."
"Linda Cardellini meanwhile does solid - if thankless -
work as NSA analyst Jayne Norquist, and of course, we
can't forget the late Michael Nyqvist, who gives a
compelling turn as Russian sub Commander Captain Sergei
Andropov in one of his final performances."
Brandy McDonnell, Newsok.com:
"Character development also isnít a strong suit for
the helmer and writers, but Butler and Nyqvist
share an appealing chemistry as two seasoned leaders
willing to break the rules to do the right thing. And
Beamanís tactical teammates boast a selfless cowboy
charm that makes you want to root for them."