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The Proposition Reviews

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Nick Rogers
September 17, 2010
John Hillcoat's violence-probing Western feels as uncompromisingly bleak, royally widescreen and graphically violent as any Sam Peckinpah opus - a sunburned, grimy-nailed saga of point-blank executions and blood wrung from a cat o' nine tails.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
Ferocious yet free of shallow misanthropy
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 21, 2009
What the characters have in common--the only thing they have in common, really--is the desire for community amid the well-founded expectation of imminent, violent death.
Cole Smithey
April 19, 2009
ustralian-born singer/songwriter Nick Cave pens his second film (after "Ghosts ... Of The Civil Dead") and generates a prescient allegory about imperialism.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
August 22, 2007
Guy Pearce seems to have boiled himself down into some kind of Guy Pearce Concentrate. Winstone looks like he's been sculpted from the Australian wilderness around him.
| Original Score: A-
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
August 3, 2007
a mythic exploration of the ever shifting frontier between savagery and civilisation in an unforgiving landscape.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 24, 2007
Any movie that can cling to your memory with as much brutal power as this fantastic film is unquestionably a proposition worth taking.
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
The finest, strangest and most uncompromising western to hit screens since Unforgiven.
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
January 12, 2007
Cave's screenplay is masterful in taking the trappings of the western genre and transposing them to the Australian Outback. There's an ebb and flow to his writing and there's also the sense that tragedy is inevitable. He also manages to work in the dep
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
December 30, 2006
An Australian western without genre traditions in mind -- instead, their movie explores the complexities of moral relativity.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
August 7, 2006
This Aussie horse opera doesn't so much present an exotic, bizarro version of the Wild West as the apotheosis of it.
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
August 4, 2006
It's as strong a Western as you're likely to see, at least since Clint Eastwood gave us Unforgiven 14 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 4, 2006
... a movie full of startling and sometimes beautiful moments
Full Review | Original Score: 92/100
Alan Dale
June 28, 2006
The Proposition depicts male brutality, both within and without the confines of the law, in a beautifully measured way that doesn't kill the intensity of the narrative--wild contrasts, ironic similarities, and all.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
June 24, 2006
Despite perpetual rumors of its demise as a genre, the Western is alive and well in the Australian outback.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Ben Walters
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A beautifully shot tracker's western that brings the Fordian poles of garden and desert to bear on the bushrangers' Outback, this is also a revenge drama of substantial horror.
David N. Butterworth
June 24, 2006
Beauty, brutality, some sly social commentary... plus another sweaty, shirtless performance from Guy Pearce highlight this Aussie western from the pen of Bad Seed Nick Cave.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
June 24, 2006
When it comes to condemning the ancient Western code of violence, this film should practice what it preaches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 23, 2006
It echoes, if not captures, the genre's harshest narrative and poetically visual trademarks -- all that's missing is Monument Valley -- while rejecting any romantic notions about how people shape their worlds, and vice versa.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 22, 2006
A visionary tale of a fragile civilizing impulse crushed by family loyalty and a lust for revenge in the vast Outback of the late 19th century.
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