• R, 2 hr. 3 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Ray Lawrence
    In Theaters:
    Apr 27, 2006 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 2, 2007
  • Sony Pictures Classics
  • Jindabyne
    2 minutes 3 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Jindabyne Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Jindabyne started with a bad idea and the finished film doesn't do well by it, despite the presence of Laura Linney, Gabriel Byrne and several excellent Australian actors.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

April 26, 2007
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

Aussie filmmaker Ray Lawrence's debt to Robert Altman in his previous Lantana is made explicit in his new film Jindabyne.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 27, 2007
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net

Could have been tightened up and shortened to be a much stronger film, and it's surprisingly unsatisfying as a whole.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 6/10

April 24, 2007
Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com

Although Jindabyne's cinematography features sweeping scenes of the Australian countryside as stunning as any of those opening shots from Brokeback Mountain, it ultimately has some bigger issues.

Full Review Source: ReelzChannel.com | Original Score: 5/10

August 25, 2008
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A whole lot of padding turns a fine enough story into a dour, wordy slog.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 4/10

September 14, 2007
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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The film is two plodding hours of people abusing themselves, their livers, a corpse, each other and even small animals. Most abused of all is the audience.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

April 27, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Lawrence and Christian have the luxury of more time to explore [the story], but instead they merely add several external, superficial elements that misunderstand and circumvent the story's center.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 10, 2007

Jindabyne musters all the emotional momentum of a reflecting pool despite a solid cast and fertile premise.

Full Review Source: Reeler

April 27, 2007
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

With its cold brilliance and delicate aloofness, this is a movie you can hold aloft to recognize and examine its many intellectual facets in hard light, but it will never make you feel anything.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

June 1, 2007
Robert Koehler
Variety
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Jindabyne never obtains the full impact of its potentially powerful inner core.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 25, 2006
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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A soberly, if sluggishly, crafted movie in which the bitterness never stops.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 24, 2007
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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For all its roiling tensions, Jindabyne is an oddly antiseptic, even repressed, experience.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 26, 2007
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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It's not just that the clean, efficient lines of Carver's story are blurred and tangled. The real flaw is that the movie's best features -- the aching clarity of its central performances - threaten to be lost in a wilderness of metaphor and mystification.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

April 27, 2007
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Intelligent, superbly acted and finely observed, but Jindabyne suffers from too many extraneous elements and from a story that doesn't land with enough force or purpose.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 11, 2007
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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Easy to admire but considerably harder to enjoy.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 11, 2007
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The resolution Jindabyne eventually offers feels small and safe. The movie goes out with a whimper.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 18, 2007
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Clearly, in his bid to repurpose Carver's story, Lawrence misses the writer's prevailing ethos: the sense of self-contained internal misery and that haunting quality of being hopelessly human.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 25, 2007
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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The frustration here is that none of this leads anywhere. Perhaps that is the point, that some mysteries are never solved, but Jindabyne could give us a little more to work with.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

June 7, 2007
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

Murder isn't allowed to become a distraction. Consequently, with all its haunting moodiness, moral alarm bells and relational issues, the film isn't much more than the unexpanded short story it derives from.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 3/5

April 15, 2007
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...generally comes off as an overwrought and flat-out silly piece of work.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

September 11, 2006
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Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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June 16, 2007
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