Rabbit-Proof Fence Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
October 5, 2012

After making several commercial but impersonal actioners, Philip Noyce goes back to his Australian roots with this message film, which is powerful if also simplistic.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Sarah Boslaugh
PopMatters
September 13, 2012

Rabbit-Proof Fence aspires to epic status, but it's really more of a well-done genre film...

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
January 8, 2012

strongest aspect rests with the educational value of its subject

Full Review | Original Score: B
David Gurney
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011

Powerful drama about racism ok for tweens and up.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Booth
Denver Post
Top Critic
February 8, 2008

[Director Phillip] Noyce shows their awful, eventually uplifting journey without flinching, and the arid Australian wilderness is a co-star of the film.

Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
September 17, 2007

Such an amazing true story leaves many opportunities for overblown melodrama, but Noyce's naturalistic restraint is what makes the film resonate so strongly.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007

Child performances are allways a deal breaker, but Noyce coaxes great range and rage from his child stars. As they trek across the vast land, the camera never gets in the way of focussing its energies on the protagnonists.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
May 10, 2005

Packs such an emotional wallop that it leaves you reeling...It may be one of the greatest movies ever made about the "white man's burden."

Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005

The grievous truth of what was done to these people, rather than for them, hits viewers hard in the film's unforgettable conclusion....

| Original Score: A-
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
March 18, 2004

Adotando uma estrutura narrativa extremamente simples, Noyce conta a história de forma envolvente e emocionante.

| Original Score: 5/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
December 3, 2003

There is value in bringing this dark passage in Australia's history to light.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jorge Avila Andrade
Moviola
October 2, 2003

'Noyce logra su mejor trabajo hasta la fecha, demostrando que lo único que se necesita es la sensibilidad para contar una historia conmovedora y profundamente humana'

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 6, 2003

A tedious, labored affair that's only not boring when it's laughably over the top.

| Original Score: 2/5
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
June 27, 2003

Phillip Noyce makes us cry not at the way human determination triumphs, but how its mere existence can keep us going through seemingly insurmountable odds.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
May 7, 2003

Perhaps the major reason for its emotional wallop is how Noyce gets a remarkable performance out of his three little road warriors, untrained actors all, whose eyes alone carry enough sadness and determination to break a million hearts.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 3, 2003

That the film can still move us despite its imperfections is part of its accomplishment.

| Original Score: 7/10
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
May 2, 2003

The film was based on actual events, and it makes broad statements about racism and human arrogance.

| Original Score: A-
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
April 11, 2003

...dramatizes a staggering true story that would be hard to botch.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
April 7, 2003

A haunting film about one of the great escapes of all time.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
March 17, 2003

Its compelling final visual will make you weep.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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