"The intersecting interests of hunters and conservationists are detailed in complex, challenging form by Shaul Schwarz’s bracing doc... a complex nonfiction portrait of wildlife hunting and conservation that’s more interested in posing challenging questions than proffering easy answers. Director Shaul Schwarz and co-director Christina Clusiau tackle this hot-button topic from numerous angles to craft a multifaceted look at the intersection of big business and animal-rights protection… its ability to enrage, enlighten and confound in equal measure make it a non-fiction prize of this year’s Sundance Film Festival."
T- Nick Schager, Variety
"A thought-provoker likely to leave viewers less sure of their opinions than they were going in."
John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
"A boggling look inside the world of big game trophy hunting in Africa that provocatively explores the counterintuitive notion that breeding these animals to be killed in some way helps keep their species alive.. Mind-bending."
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Seems primed to become the next Blackfish."
Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
"A more elegant, cinematically sophisticated approach... a documentary that is simultaneously gorgeous and unwatchable. Its very form embodies the film’s central, andvery controversial conflict… Don’t let the beauty of its images fool you; it’s a supremely confrontational, even infuriating work. It’s hard to know what to make of Trophy, and something tells me the filmmakers wouldn’t want it any other way."
Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice / LA Weekly
"[A] stunning documentary… Jaw-droppingly beautiful… sweeping... tells a story as captivating as its images are beautiful… Through the lens of big-game hunting, ‘Trophy’ tells a story of man versus beast, which is really the story of humankind." (Grade: A)
Jude Dry, Indiewire
"The most genuinely provocative of Sundance’s documentaries... In posing questions larger than the answers it has, Trophy forces us to consider that the most effective solutions may not be the most obvious ones, and that achieving them may require making common cause with people whose politics otherwise diverge in every conceivable way."
Sam Adams, Slate
"Whatever your assumptions about these issues, this deeply intelligent analysis will make you look deeper and think again."
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star-Tribune
"A thoroughly upsetting yet surprisingly thoughtful exploration of a current conundrum… the film insists on looking beyond… to questions of empathy… to the realization that there is no skeleton key to fix this problem. It’s an emotional issue that requires nuanced discussion and solutions, and kudos to Trophy for giving them their proper weight."
Jason Bailey, Flavorwire
"Trophy is a remarkable achievement, a stunning, shattering work that undercuts even the hardest of positions regarding the world of big game hunting… a highly nuanced, intellectually rigorous take on the complexity of wildlife management in Africa. Unflinching, uncompromising, unforgettable, the film demonstrates the kind of sophisticated journalism and filmmaking prowess often lacking in the usual raft of unambitious environmental docs that do little else to sate those already convinced of a particular point of view."
Jason Gorber, Birth.Movies.Death