Critic Review - Los Angeles Times

As often happens when films are intent on getting a message across, Once Were Warriors can't stop itself from overdoing things.

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Comments (12)
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fabianne

Fay Nilsen

Go spend some time on a reservation where the "natives" don't have hope, money or opportunity and see if this still seems overdone.

Mar 12 - 02:34 AM

fabianne

Fay Nilsen

Go spend some time on a reservation where the "natives" don't have hope, money or opportunity and see if this still seems overdone. Better yet, visit Auckland's public housing slums.

Mar 12 - 02:35 AM

luke h.

luke henderson

how dare you say this movie over does the domestic violence in new zealand you obviously havent been to south auckland and seen the effects this is in no way over done it just mite seem like that to the sheltered people of los angeles, next time you right a review make sure you know what you r talking about before you make a comment on it

Nov 12 - 02:17 AM

Anna F.

Anna Foley

My father has been in the police force for many years (he is now a detective) and said he always got annoyed when people said Once Were Warriors is over-the-top, unrealistic or a bunch of worst-case-scenarios put into one film, because the movie is dead on and he sees this kind of thing every day. Many people in New Zealand live like this.

Mar 28 - 03:32 PM

Morgan  G.

Morgan Guinness

what an ignorant fool...

Aug 31 - 06:04 PM

Kelly H.

Kelly Hamilton

Couldn't see the full review. What's overdone? You'd know that how? Your from Los Angeles. That's life for some people in New Zealand. Yup your ignorant.

Jun 22 - 08:05 PM

Peter Stowers

Peter Stowers

Its ignorant, nonchalantly placed critique like this which makes you unqualified and unfit to be a film critic.

The raw delivery of the film is beautifully executed and whether this its "over the top" or not the powerful emotion and acting in this film are argueably some of the best. AND for a film critic to refer to this as "over the top" is incredously idiotic as what is any film or tv show without exaggeration.

Jul 23 - 04:40 AM

Alex Stowers

Alex Stowers

Its ignorant, nonchalantly placed critique like this which makes you unqualified and unfit to be a film critic.

The raw delivery of the film is beautifully executed and whether its "over the top" or not the powerful emotion and acting in this film are argueably some of the best in my opinion and in many others, AND, for a film critic to refer to this as "over the top" is incredibly idiotic i mean what is any film or tv show without exaggeration.

Do not presume that it is overdone or "over the top" UNLESS you've actually been to New Zealand- To South Auckland for that matter and witnessed life there first hand.

Jul 23 - 04:47 AM

Louie Sinclair

Louie Sinclair

that's not a review. give south auckland a go, you 'll find it quite overdone there

Sep 18 - 03:21 AM

uccimaru

mario ucci

I think that when the critic says things were overdone, he meant the filmaker gets the message across and then he keeps making sure the message is clear over and over again. It is coming from a film-making point of view rather than the reality of life in New Zealand, but the critic could have overdone his statement to make it more obvious and with less ways of interpreting it. The film is fantastic and has taught me a lot about New Zealand. I am from Brasil and this has done the same as City of God has done for my country.

Oct 2 - 09:41 AM

Amanda Broughton

Amanda Broughton

So, one scene of violence is enough? Oh I got the point of the movie, no more rape now. That isn't relfective of real life buddy! This is how it is.

Feb 19 - 02:21 PM

James S.

James St

Hey, lets drop this reviewer in South Auckland for 6 months and see how he fares hahaha.

May 26 - 05:47 AM

Louise  .

Louise Reimer

Hey, LOOK!
More Agro Bile from the Lowest Common Denominator!
...Oh, this film MUST be important, because it has domestic violence in it!
Never mind that the acting is SOOOOO shit: "Well, that's not the name he gave us!" -Or that they go to visit the son in "Juvie" Hall, but have to wait 'til midday, and, ergo, go and sit on a riverbank in the setting sun!
And never mind that in the book it's the uncle and not the father that molests the daughter... while -simultaneously- never minding that the wife goes to the bar, shows Jake the diary (knowing he'll smash the Uncle's face in when he reads it!) and then stands back and tells him that he's a thug when he does just that! (Oh, yeah: wasn't Rena Owen convicted of assault with a pool-cue a few years after this film was released?! -Clearly she took her role to heart!) No... this truly is a film for the Moron Masses (you know: the ones who think "Crash" and "Babel" are important films "...cause, you know, they're... like... related and stuff...!"
Finally: Do I think that I'm smarter than all of you who think that this piece of shit film is important? -No. I KNOW it as an absolute fact... and I have the five-million dollar home and the Oscar to prove it!

Jun 13 - 08:02 PM

Louise  .

Louise Reimer

Hey, LOOK!
More Agro Bile from the Lowest Common Denominator!
...Oh, this film MUST be important, because it has domestic violence in it!
Never mind that the acting is complete shit: POLICE WOMAN: "Well, that's not the name he gave us!" -Or that they go to visit the son in "Juvie" Hall, but have to wait 'til midday, and, ergo, go and sit on a riverbank in the SETTING SUN!?
And never mind that in the book it's the uncle and not the father that molests the daughter... (See; Utter cop-out) while -simultaneously- never minding that the wife goes to the bar, shows Jake the diary (knowing he'll smash the Uncle's face in when he reads it!) and then stands back and tells him that he's a thug when he does just that! (Oh, yeah: wasn't Rena Owen convicted of assault with a pool-cue a few years after this film was released?! -Clearly she took her role to heart!) No... this truly is a film for the Moron Masses (you know: the ones who think "Crash" and "Babel" are important films "...cause, you know, they're... like... related and stuff...!"
Finally: Do I think that I'm smarter than all of you (illiterates!) who think that this piece of shit film is important? -No. I KNOW it as an absolute fact... and I have the five-million dollar home and the Oscar to prove it! (No... Louise Reimer is NOT my real name... you white trash pieces of shit!)

Jun 13 - 08:05 PM

Robinson Yang

Robinson Yang

you a hater

Aug 14 - 02:06 PM

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