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The Proposition Reviews

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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
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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The quality of the acting, Cave's hellfire score and the heavy atmospherics of the directing merely dress up a cliché: Violence leads to more violence.

| Original Score: 2/4

May 5, 2006
Kent Turner

For audiences accustomed to revisionist Westerns, only the relocation to Down Under will be a novelty since the film follows Sam Peckinpah's blood-soaked template.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

May 4, 2006
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews exercise in frustration...

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

September 18, 2005
Tony Medley

...lots and lots of shots of people staring off into space thinking;... a strange juxtaposition of violence and laggardliness...

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/10

May 20, 2006
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

In this godforsaken land, the good, the bad and the ugly are all pretty much the same.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly | Original Score: 1/4

May 26, 2006
Brett Buckalew

If there remains any doubt that the MPAA's Ratings Board grants screen violence more leeway than sex, The Proposition effectively quashes such uncertainty.

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May 5, 2006
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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Over the top, Down Under.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 19, 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
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
Noel Murray
AV Club
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Had Cave written The Proposition as a song, the vague grotesquerie and simple, primal storytelling might've been an asset.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

May 4, 2006
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

Hillcoat and Cave clearly have astute ideas to impart, but their passion for gore and grime overwhelms all intellectual activity.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 5, 2006
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

Directed with Sergio Leone sensuality and meager subtlety.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

May 19, 2006
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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This is the crucial proposition The Proposition misses: To make us truly despair about the face of violence, it must be firmly attached to someone we know, and not merely blown off someone we don't.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 26, 2006
Ethan Alter
Premiere Magazine

With its bleak worldview and brutal violence, The Proposition is, without question, a visceral experience, but it's also a curiously empty one.

Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

May 30, 2006
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine

When it comes to condemning the ancient Western code of violence, this film should practice what it preaches.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

June 24, 2006
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... a movie full of startling and sometimes beautiful moments

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 92/100

July 4, 2006
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Have you read Blood Meridian, the novel by Cormac McCarthy? This movie comes close to realizing the vision of that dread and despairing story.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

May 19, 2006
James Berardinelli
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The strength of The Proposition is its relentless moral ambiguity.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

May 18, 2006
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

June 22, 2006
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
May 13, 2006

Boston Phoenix
March 11, 2006

Sydney Morning Herald
March 11, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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June 23, 2006
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