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Samson and Delilah Reviews

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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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
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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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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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
October 12, 2010
The spiritual here is every bit as powerful as the physical.
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
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
Michael Adams
Empire Magazine Australasia
May 6, 2009
Beautifully made and acted, this is a wrenching portrait of young Aboriginal Australians at grave risk.
| Original Score: 4/5
Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)
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
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
Robbie Collin
News of the World
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
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
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
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
May 8, 2009
It's a predominantly bleak story, but never defeatist, and it stays with you.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
June 3, 2009
Samson & Delilah is an original -- everything about Warwick Thornton's haunting film lingers. The images, the landscape, the music.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
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.
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
May 14, 2009
It is the most confronting, powerful, honest and important film about indigenous culture yet made in this country.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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