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Samson and Delilah Reviews

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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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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.
April 1, 2010
First-time feature filmmaker Warwick Thornton chooses to avoid political stridency or cheap drama in favour of something much more complicated, artful and engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
March 25, 2010
You won't be alone if you come out of Samson and Delilah in a dream-like state, as the mesmerising power of this new Australian film is overwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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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.
Read More | Original Score: A-
October 12, 2010
The spiritual here is every bit as powerful as the physical.
April 2, 2010
Director Warwick Thornton has a sharp eye and a big heart but his film is relentlessly grim.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 6, 2009
Beautifully made and acted, this is a wrenching portrait of young Aboriginal Australians at grave risk.
| Original Score: 4/5
May 12, 2009
Thornton's film offers a unique experience set in the heart of Australia, and it surely will be a rare moviegoer who doesn't respond to the drama and humour he exposes in this tender and brutal love story.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
April 1, 2010
Tough, uncompromising and truthful, yet funny and heartwarming when it needs to be -- this is highly recommended.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 14, 2009
The honest naturalism of the two young leads is the main reason for the film's intense grip and power.
March 20, 2010
The corporeal manifestation of socio-ethnic politics is one of Thornton's many visual tools rather than his primary editorial goal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 8, 2009
It's a predominantly bleak story, but never defeatist, and it stays with you.
June 3, 2009
Samson & Delilah is an original -- everything about Warwick Thornton's haunting film lingers. The images, the landscape, the music.
June 3, 2009
Non-actors Rowan McNamara and Marissa Gibson don't so much perform their roles as live out the lives of those who have been around them. Their ability to involve us and to make their characters real is astonishing.
April 30, 2009
This is for me one of the most wonderful films this country has ever produced. It is exquisitely made, it's full of discipline. There's not a spare moment in it.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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