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Cactus Reviews

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

A lean and moody road-trip thriller, which though a little uneven, is nevertheless a deft piece of filmmaking.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 29, 2009
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

This raw and ultra-basic film is more an exercise in building cinematic claustrophobia than servicing a traditional narrative.

Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia) | Original Score: 3/5

June 8, 2008
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)

The cinematography is terrific and one inspired scene involves the use of the Wiggles as an instrument of torture.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 8, 2008
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

This laconic Australian thriller-cum-road movie wastes no time in getting into gear.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 3/5

June 8, 2008
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

May 5, 2008
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...Cactus feels like a short that's been awkwardly expanded to feature length.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 10, 2011
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

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.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 12, 2010
Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

March 12, 2010
Sura Wood
Hollywood Reporter
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Suspenseful misadventure gets off to a roaring start but doesn't deliver the goods.

October 21, 2008
Russell Edwards
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Jasmine Yuen-Carrucan ("Kill Bill," "Mongol") leapfrogs into the director's chair with confidence; but her flawed, lightweight script betrays inexperience behind a keyboard.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 6, 2008

National Post

| Original Score: 2.5/4

May 1, 2008
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