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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Animal Kingdom wrongly assumes certain characters deserve empathy simply because they're protagonists.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Just as the protagonist announces from the outset that crime doesn't pay, in Animal Kingdom grime doesn't play.
| Original Score: 63/100
Mich˘d wants a Greek epic but doesn't have the material.
more a trip to the petting zoo than a foray into the treacherous savannah of high and low crime
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.
Writer/director David Mich˘d pumps the plot full of tension through layers of increasingly dangerous and volatile characters until it's almost unbearable.
| Original Score: 4/5
Seldom is a debut feature handled with such assurance and intelligence
For anyone who still thinks Australia only produces boring films about the outback, Animal Kingdom should come as a welcome gunshot to the head.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
The authentic low-key vibe, marvellous characters, and killer cast make this the best Aussie film of the year.
The story meticulously unfurls like an apple carefully peeled in one long ribbon to reveal its rotten core.
A slow-burning, nail-biting piece, Animal Kingdom is one of the best and most brutal Australian films in years.
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'.
This year's answer to The Hurt Locker when it comes to pure, unrelenting tension.
| Original Score: B+
It's an exceptional Australian film that will lurk in the shadows of your memory for a long time afterwards.
A cracking story with fascinating characters; an engrossing tale of a family's fall.
Animal Kingdom is the best crime film ever made in Australia and it's one of the best crime films full stop
| Original Score: 4.5/5
The film rarely depicts violent events, and what set-pieces there are are subtle and short, though well-staged.
| Original Score: 3/5
It's just very good and doesn't really need a lot saying about it.