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Samson and Delilah Reviews

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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 25, 2011
This lovely, aching film opts for romance in the face of modern ruin.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
January 4, 2011
This sterling 2009 debut by Warwick Thornton is harrowing and tragic but has a stoic, stately realism that elevates the material way above victim politics.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 19, 2010
The film may be hard as hell to watch, but it's even harder to look away from.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
October 15, 2010
How do you know you're looking at a pretty good piece of filmmaking? When the director and actors can make you care about the central characters even though they exchange almost no dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sam Adams
AV Club
October 14, 2010
Pitched somewhere between City Of God and the Dardenne brothers, Samson And Delilah is unsparing in its brutal vision of the world.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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David Fear
Time Out
October 13, 2010
Thornton's modest little story about two indigenous teens had been hailed as ground zero for a glorious new wave in Australian cinema. For once, the hyperbole seems justified...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
October 12, 2010
The spiritual here is every bit as powerful as the physical.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
April 1, 2010
Thornton is brilliant at capturing the isolation that marks these kids' lives and inviting us into their bubble, a place where we come to see tenderness behind rough exteriors and understand the prejudices they face.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 10, 2010
One of the many feats director Thornton pulls off in this beautifully observed, thoughtful picture is that the leads spend the entire movie without uttering a word to each other. Sometimes, words are just redundant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4