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The Proposition Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's well-acted and has a great premise, but doesn't add up to beans.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

June 17, 2006
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

...blends the classic existential Western with the violence of a Sam Peckinpah sage saga

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 16, 2006
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

In the end, it feels like Nihilism for Newcomers or maybe Sartre With Six-Shooters.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 14, 2006
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly

Intentionally strips the polish from Hollywood's overproduced outlaw epics.

| Original Score: 3/4

June 12, 2006
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

It never becomes more than a mood piece. The characters are so overdrawn and exaggerated that I never believed any of them. And, when you don't believe, you don't care.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 9, 2006
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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It doesn't offer much that hasn't already been said about lawless frontier towns, bonds between outlaws or the settling of the West.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 9, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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By the end, it all pays off exactly the way a hundred earlier Westerns did.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

June 9, 2006
Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
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In-your-face combativeness is The Proposition's power, and for those of you who value your westerns, the effect is not unlike that of The Wild Bunch or Unforgiven.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

June 9, 2006
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

As pitiless an Aussie Western as one might expect from the pen of self-consciously gloomy songwriter Nick Cave, who titled one defining album 'Murder Ballads.'

| Original Score: 4/4

June 9, 2006
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Initially capricious though the film is, this murder ballad transposed to film reveals a devastating hand.

Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) | Original Score: 7.5/10

June 9, 2006
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

...a movie that the late director Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch) would have recognized as coming from a kindred spirit.

Full Review Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette | Original Score: 3/4

June 9, 2006
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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It's fitting that The Proposition is set Down Under, because in many ways, it's a reverse Western.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

June 8, 2006
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Hillcoat has made a stunning, meditative, shockingly violent contribution to the Western genre.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: A-

June 8, 2006
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Cave composes music that is nothing less than heart-rending. He does the same with his graphically violent period piece The Proposition, which plays like an exercise in forsaken humanity.

| Original Score: 3/4

June 8, 2006
Ian Grey
Orlando Weekly

As directed by music video vet John Hillcoat, Cave's vision of 1880s Australia as outlaw inferno becomes an unforgettable exposed raw nerve of a film.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly

June 8, 2006
Sean Axmaker
GreenCine

Nick Cave's sinewy script looks austere and stripped down but echoes with a rich set of characters and conflicts...

Full Review Source: GreenCine

June 4, 2006
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

Violent but compelling yarn.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 3/4

June 2, 2006
Tom Long
Detroit News
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An intense piece of wilderness ugliness that mixes family, honor, decency, revenge, racism and mindless blood lust in a manner that satisfies even if it never astounds.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B-

June 2, 2006
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Those with strong stomachs, who can stand the assault on their sensibilities, will be rewarded with a thoughtful and well-acted, albeit somewhat disturbing, picture.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3/4

June 2, 2006
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Director Jeff Hillcoat leaves room for strong performances by Winstone and Pearce, plus a pleasantly hammy bit by John Hurt as a bounty hunter.

| Original Score: 3/4

June 2, 2006
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