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...Cactus feels like a short that's been awkwardly expanded to feature length.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Cactus is the sort of film that grabs your attention from the beginning and holds on tight almost throughout, but vanishes from your mind the minute it's over.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Cactus thrives on sparse dialogue and scant backstory, so the flood of information in the final act waters down what is otherwise a dark outback thriller.
| Original Score: 2/4
A lean and moody road-trip thriller, which though a little uneven, is nevertheless a deft piece of filmmaking.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Suspenseful misadventure gets off to a roaring start but doesn't deliver the goods.
This raw and ultra-basic film is more an exercise in building cinematic claustrophobia than servicing a traditional narrative.
| Original Score: 3/5
The cinematography is terrific and one inspired scene involves the use of the Wiggles as an instrument of torture.
This laconic Australian thriller-cum-road movie wastes no time in getting into gear.
Jasmine Yuen-Carrucan ("Kill Bill," "Mongol") leapfrogs into the director's chair with confidence; but her flawed, lightweight script betrays inexperience behind a keyboard.
Deeper and more complex than it appears at first sight, Cactus is a terrific low-budget Australian film with tough, macho themes that are supported by even tougher female elements
| Original Score: 2.5/4