Romper Stomper Reviews

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Variety Staff
Variety
June 9, 2008
Romper Stomper is A Clockwork Orange without the intellect.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The cheap 'message' of the ending fails to salvage a film that at best is well-meant but misguided, at worst, flashy and garbled.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It's merely another violent art house picture, slumming modishly in the world of psycho-personalities, and exhibiting only occasional flashes of originality.
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Exploits the frustration, anger and violence of a despicable subculture while excusing the glorification of its hate aesthetic as necessary "reporting."
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Perhaps writer-director Geoffrey Wright meant to show this motley crew as doomed from the start, but this obvious dead-end attitude also makes the group's repulsive antics all the more predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 14, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 27, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
While the film often draws comparisons to A Clockwork Orange, Romper Stomper doesn't carry the gravity that the Malcolm McDowell classic does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
September 24, 2001
At times very powerful and thought-provoking film, but this impression might be diluted with some of less fortunate creative decisions.
| Original Score: 6/10
Matt McAllister
Future Movies UK
March 13, 2005
Romper Stomper is a convincing depiction of subculture, and one that dares to present these figures as real, troubled individuals rather than stereotypes.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
March 16, 2007
Crowe first shows his star quality
| Original Score: 3/5
Angela Baldassarre
Sympatico.ca
July 27, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Patrick Byrne
Apollo Guide
June 12, 2002
I like to think of it as a fury-filled documentary on how hate is not just an American preoccupation. Remember, this is the way things are -- deal with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A genuinely excellent film, horrifying and touching and beautiful in a bloody sort of way. A bit like real life, really.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Renshaw
Apollo Guide
February 21, 2001
Crowe leaps off the screen as a star in the making.
Full Review | Original Score: 73/100
Stephen Farber
Movieline
January 9, 2002
Brutal but powerful.
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 13, 2004
The film [has] a raw, sometimes discomfiting immediacy... The cast attacks their roles with matching intensity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
July 26, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
November 6, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dequina
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Given his formidable presence and equal talent, it was only a matter of time before New Zealand-born, Australian-raised Russell Crowe made the mainstream American breakthrough he enjoyed with Gladiator.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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