Stockholm is based on the absurd but true story of a 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis documented in the 1974 New Yorker article “The Bank Drama” by Daniel Lang. The film follows Lars Nystrom, (Ethan Hawke) who dons a disguise to raid a central Stockholm bank. Gunnar (Mark Strong) plays one of Lars' friends and Bianca (Noomi Rapace, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) plays one of the hostages who is a wife and mother of two. This event gave rise to the psychological phenomenon known as “Stockholm syndrome”.
Stockholm was written and directed by Robert Bureau (Born to be Blue).
The Seattle Times/Soren Andersen
Thanks to the excellence of its two key performances, “Stockholm” an uncommonly effective thriller, one with a heart and a brain.
Los Angeles Times/Gary Goldstein
An enlightening, lively, perhaps not unfamiliar outing.
The Hollywood Reporter/John DeFore
Stockholm, which gently massages actual events to serve as a fine vehicle for Noomi Rapace and Ethan Hawke, is far from the first movie to believably show a crime victim coming to sympathize with a criminal. But it's a funny and agile one.
The Film Stage/Jared Mobarak
As a comedy with a good-natured soul doing bad things to earn his surrogate brother freedom, Stockholm is a success.
The smartest decision Budreau made at any point during production was to call his former collaborator on “Born to Be Blue,” Ethan Hawke, who keeps this sometimes frustrating film nimble and entertaining.