Animal Kingdom Reviews

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Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
May 25, 2014
David Mich˘d's sensational directorial debut Animal Kingdom (2010) reinvigorated my faith that Australian cinema is capable of truly profound complexity.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 26, 2013
...the sort of movie that one admires more than one enjoys...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Laura Kern
Film Comment Magazine
November 13, 2013
Seldom is a debut feature handled with such assurance and intelligence
Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine
November 13, 2013
Seldom is a debut feature handled with such assurance and intelligence
Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale
August 28, 2013
Ben Mendelsohn steals the show. This man portrayed the most subtle creep I've seen on film in years. Animal Kingdom is a must see.
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
January 27, 2013
Gets under your skin and in your head.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ali Gray
September 28, 2012
Animal Kingdom is frequently shocking - not just because it makes Air Supply's 'I'm All Out Of Love' sound cool.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 12, 2012
A diverting conceptual fictional crime family pic.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 15, 2011
An intimate portrait of a criminal family that resembles the Mafia in virtually no way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jason Best
Movie Talk
July 18, 2011
Animal Kingdom has been dubbed an 'Australian GoodFellas'. Director David Mich˘d isn't as flashy as Scorsese, but his portrayal of the violent downfall of a dysfunctional family of criminals shows that he's a master at building slow-burning tension.
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
April 8, 2011
Mich˘d takes familiar material and approaches it with less emphasis on the sensational and more on the surreal atmosphere of accepted dread.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Mike Edwards
What Culture
March 1, 2011
Writer/director David Mich˘d pumps the plot full of tension through layers of increasingly dangerous and volatile characters until it's almost unbearable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Wally Hammond
Sight and Sound
March 1, 2011
An ambitious and effective thriller.
Philip French
February 28, 2011
Animal Kingdom is skilfully lit and edited and the performances are remarkable.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
February 28, 2011
A brooding Australian thriller that marks director David Mich˘d as a talent to watch.
February 28, 2011
It includes enough localised details about the changing nature of crime and the debilitating bonds of family to give it a distinctive voice all its own, ensuring it never feels like a Hollywood rip-off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
February 25, 2011
Writer/director David Michod handles his material with great confidence, allowing some powerful acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Stafford
Electric Sheep
February 25, 2011
Animal Kingdom shocks, surprises and amazes but never seems false or unreal. A great film.
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
February 25, 2011
A ferocious, uncompromising drama that feels like a shot of gin before breakfast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Wood
Little White Lies
February 24, 2011
Utterly thrilling, Animal Kingdom exudes stunning depth and complexity.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 2, 2012
Frank Wilkins
Frank's Reel Reviews
January 31, 2012
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