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Animal Kingdom Reviews

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
September 10, 2010
The film establishes a menacing, unsparing mood that never wavers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
September 3, 2010
Dark and mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 27, 2010
It's a remarkable film: gritty, gut-churning, thrillingly acted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 27, 2010
Writer-director David Michod creates a densely textured moral universe that makes good on his metaphoric title.
August 27, 2010
Animal Kingdom is a lean, patient crime thriller about one kid's transition from prey to predator.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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
August 20, 2010
Writer-director Mich˘d demonstrates an eerie virtuosity for someone just getting into feature films after apprenticing in award-winning shorts.
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
August 13, 2010
It's a distinctive, ominous and hypnotic work of cinema.
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
August 13, 2010
A naturalistic approach to an underworld story from Down Under is a welcome relief from exaggerated Hollywood fare.
August 13, 2010
A criminal procedural tilting to Greek tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
August 12, 2010
A phenomenal debut feature with a terrific title.
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.
August 12, 2010
Thank goodness Animal Kingdom is so stylish and sharply plotted.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
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-
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
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
August 10, 2010
Mich˘d wants a Greek epic but doesn't have the material.
August 2, 2010
Mich˘d serves up Trainspotting-like tricks and narration that is beguiling, if rarely apropos. But the actors are something.