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Tracker (2003)



Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 29
Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: An engrossing drama.

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 12
Fresh: 11
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: An engrossing drama.


Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 1,087


Movie Info

Experimental director Rolf DeHeer's film The Tracker depicts a controversial moment in the Australian justice system, in doing so taking on a popular topic among Australian filmmakers--the complicated and too often racist relationship between Aboriginals and locals. When an Aboriginal tracker (David Gulpilil) leads the manhunt for a fugitive native, a series of atrocities are performed on the ancient tribe by a sadistic policeman participating in the search party. The line between savage and … More

Documentary , Drama , Art House & International , Special Interest
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In Theaters:
Sep 27, 2005
ArtMattan Productions - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Tracker

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (4) | DVD (5)

A high-minded film that at times verges on didacticism, The Tracker is redeemed by its adherence to a simple yet distinctive approach to storytelling and its uniformly strong acting.

Full Review… | March 4, 2005
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

An imposing film that tackles a serious theme with dignity and even audacity and that features production values of the highest quality.

Full Review… | March 3, 2005
Top Critic

An engrossing study of race and history in Australia.

Full Review… | March 3, 2005
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

See the film mainly for the quiet and powerful work of Gulpilil in the title role.

Full Review… | March 19, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

As the scorned but ever-resourceful guide, Gulpilil has the richest role and makes the most of it.

Full Review… | February 26, 2004
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

The Tracker is one of those rare films that deserves to be called haunting.

Full Review… | January 30, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

strangely awkward in terms of film pacing

Full Review… | October 14, 2005

[T]he film emphasizes its fable qualities and sets the stage for its moral structure, which hinges on the merging of power and racism and the possibility of resistance.

Full Review… | June 1, 2005

[D]rags you across acres of despair, a harsh landscape of the angry, terrified side of human nature...

Full Review… | March 7, 2005
Flick Filosopher

De Heer doesn't want the violence to distract from the sadness and the substance of the movie's mythic history lesson. It's an inventive idea, one that probably doomed the movie's commercial prospects here in the States.

Full Review… | March 4, 2005
Los Angeles Daily News

The Tracker is the first significant movie to find its way into American theaters in 2005.

Full Review… | February 24, 2005
Slant Magazine

Specially composed songs makes the study of men driven by primitive cruelty and ruthless justice something of a tone poem.

Full Review… | February 19, 2005
Cinema Signals

Combines a classic movie-Western setting and narrative with a Heart of Darkness-like morality play.

May 13, 2004
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Interspersed with moments of great suspense, the tragic cat-and-mouse survival adventure overshadows the heavy-handed didacticism.

Full Review… | April 9, 2004

Too often, The Tracker explains when it would be better to suggest.

Full Review… | February 26, 2004
St. Paul Pioneer Press

An obvious, hot-coal piece of politically correct agitprop.

Full Review… | February 7, 2004
Film Journal International

Has the same cinematic grandeur that people admire about John Ford's classic 'The Searchers' without that film's racist reflexes. It's mythmaking of a much higher caliber.

Full Review… | January 20, 2004

The film's bleakly inevitable ending packs a wallop and its hauntingly desolate images linger long after the story is told.

Full Review… | January 16, 2004
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Tracker

Tracker is a haunting, and engrossing film that showcases the beautiful talent of David Gulpilil in the title role, and uses music to help tell the story, but it may prove to be overused by some.

Raymond Wieser
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer


Simple story, good cinematography, let down by an overuse of music.

Robert Fearon

Super Reviewer

Tracker Quotes

"The only innocent black, is a dead black."
– Submitted by Raymond W (3 years ago)

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