Chopper Reviews

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David Stratton
Variety
June 6, 2008
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
August 2, 2001
The fact that Chopper is so engrossing and effective stems from the powerful performance of Eric Bana.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
June 15, 2001
Chopper plays like a nonfuturistic A Clockwork Orange.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 11, 2001
It's a great style, it's a fabulous performance, but it never quite finds what it's searching for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 1, 2001
You cannot look away from him. The performance is so . . . strange.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
May 31, 2001
The ways Read twists and embellishes the truth become progressively less interesting.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 24, 2001
Bana radiates the sort of warped charisma that explains how an ultraviolent convict could capture the public's imagination.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 24, 2001
Like a lot of video-game violence, much of Chopper is meant to be perversely funny. But it's a different kind of perversely funny.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 21, 2001
[Read's] unpredictability lends Chopper considerable suspense.
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Washington Post
May 17, 2001
Bana's gift -- and his triumph -- is that he makes us somehow care about this magnetic monster, without ever letting us feel as if we've figured him out.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 4, 2001
Compelling and funny even when it is indiscriminately splattering blood.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
May 4, 2001
A stylish, arresting, disturbing film.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
April 27, 2001
It's Eric Bana ... who justifies our interest with a dazzling performance of blunt humor, unpredictability and an edge of menace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 16, 2001
Dominik's direction is fresh and lively, and the camerawork is exceptional.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 13, 2001
Dominik doesn't glamorize or glorify Chopper, but his film contributes to making Mark Brandon Read as mythical an Australian rogue as Ned Kelly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 13, 2001
Too senseless and contrived to succeed as sociopathic comic opera, let alone as coherent character study.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 12, 2001
For every viewer who is revolted, at least as many will probably be intrigued, if not charmed. For Chopper is nothing if not fearless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 12, 2001
A vivid portrait.
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Anthony Breznican
Associated Press
April 12, 2001
The excitement and tension comes from never knowing when Chopper is really going to lose it.
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 11, 2001
Dominik's perspective makes it a lot less incriminating to watch the film.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 10, 2001
With his metal teeth and deformed satyr-like ears, Chopper is a spectacular lowlife clown.