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Animal Kingdom Reviews

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
February 23, 2011
It's not unique, but as a distillation of a well-worn genre, it's admirable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 10, 2010
The film establishes a menacing, unsparing mood that never wavers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 8, 2010
The naturalistic style Michod employs adds to the sense of dread. Is there no way out of this existence? To whom would it appeal?
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 3, 2010
Dark and mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
August 27, 2010
It's a remarkable film: gritty, gut-churning, thrillingly acted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 27, 2010
Writer-director David Michod creates a densely textured moral universe that makes good on his metaphoric title.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
August 27, 2010
Animal Kingdom is a lean, patient crime thriller about one kid's transition from prey to predator.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 26, 2010
Mich˘d, in his feature debut, wonderfully creates a tribe where hope is lost and life is about getting what you can get, never mind who's lost along the way.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 26, 2010
This strong, assured Australian crime tragedy takes the time to dig into characters who would race past us like blurs in a stock thriller, endowing them with a rare depth and emotional truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 26, 2010
Animal Kingdom explores the down and dirty side of human nature, fraught with greed, suspicion, and betrayal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 20, 2010
Writer-director Mich˘d demonstrates an eerie virtuosity for someone just getting into feature films after apprenticing in award-winning shorts.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 19, 2010
You probably won't see a better directorial debut this year than David Mich˘d's Animal Kingdom, [a] coiled rattlesnake of a family-crime drama...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 13, 2010
It's a distinctive, ominous and hypnotic work of cinema.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 13, 2010
Step up for a pulverizing Aussie crime drama that cuts to the dark heart of the killing machine known as family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 13, 2010
A naturalistic approach to an underworld story from Down Under is a welcome relief from exaggerated Hollywood fare.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 13, 2010
A criminal procedural tilting to Greek tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 13, 2010
The film's depiction of the raw fear lurking below the brothers' braggadocio is the most pronounced emotion in a movie whose focus on the personalities of its criminals suggests an Australian answer to Goodfellas, minus the wise-guy humor.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 13, 2010
Seethes rather than burns in its first hour as the banality of evil settles in like mildew.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 12, 2010
Marries heightened emotionality with cool contemporary style to illustrate one of the oldest of genre truths: "Crooks always come undone, always, one way or another."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 12, 2010
A phenomenal debut feature with a terrific title.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 12, 2010
Watching this small-time Melbourne crime family unravel under the weight of their overconfidence is riveting, as Australian writer-director David Michod takes his time methodically detailing their self-destruction.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
August 12, 2010
Thank goodness Animal Kingdom is so stylish and sharply plotted.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
August 12, 2010
The suggestion that the authorities may comprise a clan that's as ruthless and amoral as the Browns also adds a pleasingly cynical edge that's often lacking in other crime dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 11, 2010
The Melbourne of Michod's gripping allegory is a jungle of robbery, drug dealing, and dirty law-enforcement officials among the clean.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Sara Vilkomerson
New York Observer
August 11, 2010
It's hard to take your eyes off Mr. Mendelsohn whenever he's onscreen. So creepy, so seductive, so scary-his stillness is more disturbing than when he's forced into action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
August 11, 2010
Mich˘d seems to fully understand the banality of suburban violence, with its buzzing televisions and daffy, unsuspecting parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
August 10, 2010
Mich˘d wants a Greek epic but doesn't have the material.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 2, 2010
Mich˘d serves up Trainspotting-like tricks and narration that is beguiling, if rarely apropos. But the actors are something.