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Mad Bastards Reviews

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Andrew Fuhrmann
Time Out Sydney

The story arc is a cringingly facile story of redemption which, but for the curious ghost of reality behind it, would have been pretty forgettable.

Full Review Source: Time Out Sydney

May 5, 2011
Michelle Orange

The over-reliance on score sets up an avoidant rhythm that begins to feel like a lack of narrative confidence.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

May 4, 2011
Simon Miraudo

Brendan Fletcher's ... Mad Bastards is a very human tale told with an electric vibrancy rarely found in dramas of this ilk. It lives and breathes and meanders freely, in the spirit of the Kimberley storytellers who inspired the film.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 4/5

April 26, 2011
Glenn Dunks
Onya Magazine

Fletcher has done a great job with Mad Bastards and should be especially commended for getting the performances out of these non-actors.

Full Review Source: Onya Magazine | Original Score: B-

October 17, 2013
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

Mad Bastards is simply Australia's most impressive film since Animal Kingdom.

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 4/5

May 8, 2011
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

A big heart and powerful moments make this little Aussie film the must watch local production of 2011.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4/5

May 2, 2011
Annette Basile
FILMINK (Australia)

While it tackles tough material, the terrific lead performances, stunning cinematography and uplifting score add up to a film that's pretty special.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

May 4, 2011
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

A brave and insightful glimpse filled with revelations and fascination into the aboriginal culture and the region

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

April 30, 2011
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

A harsh tale told in a soft voice by Brendan Fletcher, who uses a full soundtrack to calm our jangling emotions. The film is understated in its redemptive message

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

April 30, 2011
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

The writer/director was Brendan Fletcher, it's his first feature and if there is a flaw with the film it is that the narrative is at times a bit confused. Despite that there's something very affecting about these Mad Bastards.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)

May 4, 2011
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)

Mad Bastards is this year's Samson & Delilah; it bravely explores a host of hot-button issues with a deft blending of humour, sensitivity and often brutal frankness.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 4.5/5

June 16, 2011
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

Thankfully, a resounding emphasis on authenticity and an infectiously motivated cast of amateurs carries this heartfelt drama across the line.

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

May 12, 2011
Rod Yates
Empire Magazine Australasia

The Australian film renaissance continues in style.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia | Original Score: 4/5

July 12, 2011
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald

This is poised and meaningful Australian cinema, however we classify it.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 4/5

May 4, 2011
David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
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There's yearning as well as stubborn emotional isolation and anger in these characters, and any harshness in the observations of this richly satisfying film invariably is balanced by warmth.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

February 8, 2011
Norm Schrager

lives in a heartbreaking place of real people and their real-life hopes.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

February 10, 2011
Frank Hatherley
Screen International
March 10, 2011
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