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Samson and Delilah Reviews

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
May 6, 2013
One of the great political films, masked as one of the best personal films, of 21st-century cinema. For all its unsparing, quietly condemning look at Australia's treatment of Aborigines today, it ends on a grace note of devotion and tender care.
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 29, 2012
Director Warwick Thornton's artistic choices alienated me as viewer and made me pray for the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International
August 15, 2011
Spare and beautiful, Samson & Delilah gives viewers a peephole into two characters' struggle in a corner of the earth not visited enough on film.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 25, 2011
This lovely, aching film opts for romance in the face of modern ruin.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
January 4, 2011
This sterling 2009 debut by Warwick Thornton is harrowing and tragic but has a stoic, stately realism that elevates the material way above victim politics.
Beth Accomando
December 10, 2010
There's little dialogue in Samson and Delilah and the film has a gritty, sun-baked poeticism to it.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 19, 2010
The film may be hard as hell to watch, but it's even harder to look away from.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Cabin
October 21, 2010
Thornton's grip on familiar narrative tropes comes to more and more resemble a choke-hold up until the film's lovely final moments
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
October 19, 2010
Thornton isn't concerned about filling in the lines, requiring viewers to make the connections for themselves. The film is all the more engaging for it.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
October 18, 2010
A poetic, tender and unflinchingly real love story. Its powerful visuals, music and raw, captivating performances will leave you feeling deeply moved.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.0/10
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
October 15, 2010
How do you know you're looking at a pretty good piece of filmmaking? When the director and actors can make you care about the central characters even though they exchange almost no dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
October 14, 2010
The actors succeed at portraying a couple whose bond is strong enough to not require words.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sam Adams
AV Club
October 14, 2010
Pitched somewhere between City Of God and the Dardenne brothers, Samson And Delilah is unsparing in its brutal vision of the world.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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David Fear
Time Out
October 13, 2010
Thornton's modest little story about two indigenous teens had been hailed as ground zero for a glorious new wave in Australian cinema. For once, the hyperbole seems justified...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
October 12, 2010
The spiritual here is every bit as powerful as the physical.
Louis Proyect
October 11, 2010
A unstinting look at the social outcasts of Australian society made by a member of aboriginal society, its grim narrative punctuated by off-kilter humor in a minimalist style.
Phil Hall
Film Threat
October 10, 2010
Director/writer Warwick Thornton makes the mistake that hobbles too many new filmmakers: an overindulgence on arresting visuals but a deficit of compelling storytelling.
| Original Score: 2/5
April 8, 2010
First-timers McNamara and Gibson deliver instinctive, assured performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies
April 7, 2010
Thornton's command of space, location and mood is exemplary, recalling the Taiwanese master Tsai-ming Liang in the way this love story plays out in the interstitial spaces of the city.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 4, 2010
An extremely grim story of a particularly nasty culture clash, and yet writer-director Thornton tells it with wit and irony
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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