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Animal Kingdom Reviews

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Jason Zingale
September 15, 2010
A surprisingly average crime drama that, despite some good ideas branching from its metaphorical title, is rarely as daring or engaging as it wants you to believe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
But honestly, the film is lame.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
August 8, 2010
Animal Kingdom wrongly assumes certain characters deserve empathy simply because they're protagonists.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Dan Jardine
July 11, 2012
Just as the protagonist announces from the outset that crime doesn't pay, in Animal Kingdom grime doesn't play.
Full Review | Original Score: 63/100
Top Critic
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
August 10, 2010
Mich˘d wants a Greek epic but doesn't have the material.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 28, 2015
Artful to a fault, straining so hard for Shakespearean import it saps whatever life and energy there was to be had in this familiar, low-stakes tale.
Jay Antani
Moving Pictures Magazine
August 9, 2010
more a trip to the petting zoo than a foray into the treacherous savannah of high and low crime
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
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
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
Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine
November 13, 2013
Seldom is a debut feature handled with such assurance and intelligence
Simon Miraudo
October 21, 2010
For anyone who still thinks Australia only produces boring films about the outback, Animal Kingdom should come as a welcome gunshot to the head.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
September 9, 2010
Writer/director David Mich˘d constructs a slippery narrative that consistently fools the audience about where the movie is heading. The result is part Donnie Brasco, part Godfather and more than a little bit Ma Barker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Neal
The Standard
October 12, 2010
The authentic low-key vibe, marvellous characters, and killer cast make this the best Aussie film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
August 27, 2010
The story meticulously unfurls like an apple carefully peeled in one long ribbon to reveal its rotten core.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Melissa Wellham
June 8, 2010
A slow-burning, nail-biting piece, Animal Kingdom is one of the best and most brutal Australian films in years.
Trish Roberts
Concrete Playground
June 3, 2010
The cinematography and the soundtrack to this film are exceptional, working with the slow pace of the film's beginning to make this 'not just another Aussie crime drama'.
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
August 13, 2010
This year's answer to The Hurt Locker when it comes to pure, unrelenting tension.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Darryn King
The Vine
May 25, 2010
It's an exceptional Australian film that will lurk in the shadows of your memory for a long time afterwards.
Andrew Hedley
September 16, 2010
A cracking story with fascinating characters; an engrossing tale of a family's fall.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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