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Animal Kingdom (2010)



Critic Consensus: With confident pacing, a smart script, and a top-notch cast, Animal Kingdom represents the best the Australian film industry has to offer.

Movie Info

Welcome to the Melbourne underworld. It's the Wild West, played out on the city's streets. Armed robber Pope Cody is on the run from a gang of renegade detectives who want him dead. His business partner and best friend, Barry "Baz" Brown. wants out of the game. Pope's younger brotherCraig Cody is making a fortune in the illicit substances trade, whilst the youngest Cody brother, Darren, naively navigates his way through this criminal world -- the only world his family has ever known. And into this world arrives their nephew, Joshua "J" Cody, who comes to believe that he is a player in this world. But, as he soon discovers, this world is far larger and more menacing than he could ever imagine.more
Rating: R (for vioence, drug content and pervasive language)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: David Mich˘d
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 18, 2011
Box Office: $1.0M
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


Ben Mendelsohn
as Andrew "Pope" Cody
Joel Edgerton
as Barry "Baz" Brown
Guy Pearce
as Detective Senior Sgt...
Luke Ford
as Darren Cody
Jacki Weaver
as Janine "Smurf" Cody
James Frecheville
as Joshua "J" Cody
Daniel Wyllie
as Ezra White
Dan Wyllie
as Ezra White
Anthony Hayes
as Detective Justin Nor...
Laura Wheelwright
as Nicky Henry
Mirrah Foulkes
as Catherine Brown
Justin Rosniak
as Detective Randall Ro...
Susan Prior
as Alicia Henry
Anna Lise Phillips
as Barrister Justine Ho...
Tim Phillipps
as Const. Daniel Horder...
Josh Helman
as Const. Peter Simmons
Kieran Darcy-Smith
as John Harrop
Jack Heanly
as Andy Emery
Andy McPhee
as Richard Collis
Christina Azucena
as Dacinta Collis
Jacquie Brennan
as Sarah Leckie
Ben Ouwehand
as Scott Leckie
Anthony Ahern
as Armed Robbery Detect...
Bryce Lindemann
as Paramedic #1
Paul Smits
as Paramedic #2
Michael Vice
as Hood #1
Chris Weir
as Hood #2
Sarah Nguyen
as Waitress
Lucia Cai
as Cashier
Ann Mich˘d
as Shopper
Michael Cody
as Police Radio
Bert Labonte
as PSG Santo
Dom Phelan
as PSG Tom
Brenda Palmer
as Smurf's Neighbor
Tom Noble
as Court Warden
David Mich˘d
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Animal Kingdom

All Critics (156) | Top Critics (29)

But honestly, the film is lame.

Full Review… | October 7, 2015
Critic's Notebook

Artful to a fault, straining so hard for Shakespearean import it saps whatever life and energy there was to be had in this familiar, low-stakes tale.

Full Review… | April 28, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

David Mich˘d's sensational directorial debut Animal Kingdom (2010) reinvigorated my faith that Australian cinema is capable of truly profound complexity.

Full Review… | May 25, 2014
2UE That Movie Show

...the sort of movie that one admires more than one enjoys...

Full Review… | November 26, 2013
Reel Film Reviews

Seldom is a debut feature handled with such assurance and intelligence

Full Review… | November 13, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

Seldom is a debut feature handled with such assurance and intelligence

Full Review… | November 13, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

Audience Reviews for Animal Kingdom


An intense, gritty depiction of a family whose life is dominated by crime and drugs, and how the youngest of the bunch (James Frecheville) is unfortunately faced with turning his uncles in after they commit a violent crime in retaliation to a corrupt police force. A cold-blooded Aussie thriller that features some powerful acting, especially Jacki Weaver as the matriarch of the bunch, and Ben Mendelsohn as one of the brothers who possesses a psychotic streak. It is a film that contains a lot of interesting twists and subtlety, as well as some pretty violent actions that successfully catch the viewer off guard. A simply riveting film that remains arresting throughout, with one of the more shocking endings I can recall.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer


One of the better opening monologues I've seen, eminently quotable and providing not only a snapshot of all the characters we'll meet, but also a voice for the film. Here's a taste:

"Mom kept me away from her family because she was scared. I didn't know it at the time, but they were all scared, even if they didn't show it [...]. Even if they didn't know it, exactly. Even if they were having to do what crooks do all the time, which is block out the thing they must know - they must know it - which is that crooks always come undone, one way or another. [...] All this seemed strange to me, but not strange, either, you know what I mean? Kids just are wherever they are, and they just do whatever they're doing. This is where I was, and this is what I was doing."

Josh's mom has just died of a drug overdose, and he tells us all this over the opening ten minutes, punctuated by a few telling conversations, as we see the family that he has no choice but to move in with, and the crimes he won't be able to help getting mixed up in. With the die cast, the stakes remain high, as this coming-of-age story has an angle like few others; as opposed to having to prove himself in the world of crime, Josh needs only to survive. Tense and well-acted, sincere but gritty, it's got several surprises and most importantly, comes across as a story that could be true. An unconventional crime flick that you must see.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer


An intriguing tension filled film, 'Animal Kingdom' is a strong debut feature from David Michod that draws you in with its darkly brooding characters. The film itself felt like a mix between 'Snowtown' and 'The Wire'. It was similar to 'Snowtown' with its central idea and setting but the constant feeling that no one is safe is reminiscent of 'The Wire'.

The film is shot rather conventionally but is filled with imagery revolving around the title. Although the idea isn't original what is original is Animal Kingdom's spin on it, relating a criminal family to a pack of lions.

Overall, although unoriginal 'Animal Kingdom' is a worthwhile watch with strong performances and an interesting spin on a much used subject.

Cameron Sherwell
Cameron Sherwell

Super Reviewer

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