It's a world where few deserve trust and fewer still make good on it.
It's technically proficient, and succeeds in creating a perverse atmosphere, but it doesn't create a world that you'll want to inhabit for very long.
A mildly intriguing, yet ultimately detached and pitiless portrait of psychopathy.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
A dull thriller of ultra-bleak withholding.
It has no particular observations about the mind of psychopaths that is worth the incredibly nasty feeling you get from sitting through its incredibly grim two hours.
| Original Score: 6/10
In spite of the inherently interesting subject matter and psychological dynamics explored, there is little in the way of suspense. I was intermittently bored throughout.
Overlong and grim to the point where some scenes are virtually unwatchable...
| Original Score: 1.5/4
However disquieting the film (based on the story of Australia's worst serial killer, John Bunting), it's also - inconveniently - awfully boring.
| Original Score: 2/5
A movie that heaps so much dank atmosphere on its suburbanites, you can't help but sigh with relief when events turn to serial killing (finally?).
| Original Score: 3/5
The result is a movie that can be admired in many respects from a distance but is progressively less emotionally engaging.
Observing the character's regular and repeated acts of cruelty becomes numbing after awhile.
I did not know this film was based on a true story until the closing credits, which makes this story so much more terrifying. Director Justin Kurzel crafted a raw feel that will leave you slack-jawed.
The grimy social realism and gurgling torture scenes place director Justin Kurzel's startling debut midway between Animal Kingdom and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.
| Original Score: 4/5
Thought provoking, but leeringly nasty and deeply unsettling. This is one that will linger with you for days.
Although it builds quiet, thick suspense and lacks the bravado and sensationalism of most films of the genre, that doesn't always work to its advantage.
Definitely, and defiantly, Australia's Next Great Film, and the scariest it has ever produced.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Whatever one ends up thinking about The Snowtown Murders, it's difficult to deny that it's a deeply impressive work.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
This grim Aussie thriller derives unnerving power from the unspoken truths during tense silences, ominously closing doors that seal fates, and the disturbing banality of evil.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
This oppressive account is one of the most effective and uncompromising horrors of human essence of recent years - a powerful testament to the talents of all involved.
An incredible piece of cinema and a devastating, poetic work of storytelling, Snowtown is unmissable.
| Original Score: 5/5