Lake Mungo Reviews

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March 17, 2019
This masterpiece of modern horror takes relatively safe elements and turns them into nightmarish factors of a grim and realist mockumentary. [Full review in Spanish].
October 21, 2014
Apologies to Samson and Delilah, Mary and Max and Balibo: the one true great Australian film of 2009 was easily Joel Anderson's Lake Mungo, a mournful, dreamlike examination of the hole left in the heart of a family after a death.
July 18, 2011
a sophisticated, adult tale that blends complex, compelling emotions with reflexive commentary on film as a 'medium' of memory, manipulation and magic... a classic supernatural enigma, once seen never forgotten.
August 9, 2010
And don't deny yourself the film's final creepy images - stay for the credits...
April 8, 2010
It's actually quite difficult to imagine that this isn't a true story, and that the actors playing the tragic Palmers are not exactly who they say they are.
April 6, 2010
An after-the-fact faux-documentary about the death of a young girl -- and the creepy little hints she may have left behind.
March 25, 2010
It's not so much scary as spooky (except for one really creepy moment) but this ghost story is less about supernatural hauntings than human secrets and lies.
March 25, 2010
The entire film may be a construct but the skilled direction, writing and acting give Lake Mungo a spooky 'realistic' authenticity.
July 31, 2009
It's actually very nicely done, using untrained actors and the documentary form disconcertingly well to destabilise audience expectations at a number of points. Is there a ghost story? Why is the family so rattled? What's happening?
July 31, 2009
It may be overstating it, but Anderson's command of cinematic language is right up there with Bryan Singer's audacious bag of tricks in The Usual Suspects.
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