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Tracker

Tracker (2003)

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

An engrossing drama.

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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

Sep 27, 2005

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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.

March 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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An imposing film that tackles a serious theme with dignity and even audacity and that features production values of the highest quality.

March 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
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An engrossing study of race and history in Australia.

March 3, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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See the film mainly for the quiet and powerful work of Gulpilil in the title role.

March 19, 2004 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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As the scorned but ever-resourceful guide, Gulpilil has the richest role and makes the most of it.

February 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The Tracker is one of those rare films that deserves to be called haunting.

January 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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strangely awkward in terms of film pacing

October 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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[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.

June 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmjourney

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

March 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
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.

March 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

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

February 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

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

February 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
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.

April 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

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

February 26, 2004 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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

February 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International | Comment (1)
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.

January 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Offoffoff
Offoffoff

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

January 16, 2004 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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.
March 27, 2011
Raymond Wieser

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Simple story, good cinematography, let down by an overuse of music.
December 11, 2010
robfearon

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    1. Tracker: "The only innocent black, is a dead black."
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