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Jindabyne Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 26, 2007
Jindabyne started with a bad idea and the finished film doesn't do well by it, despite the presence of Laura Linney, Gabriel Byrne and several excellent Australian actors.
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
April 27, 2007
Aussie filmmaker Ray Lawrence's debt to Robert Altman in his previous Lantana is made explicit in his new film Jindabyne.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
April 24, 2007
Could have been tightened up and shortened to be a much stronger film, and it's surprisingly unsatisfying as a whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com
August 25, 2008
Although Jindabyne's cinematography features sweeping scenes of the Australian countryside as stunning as any of those opening shots from Brokeback Mountain, it ultimately has some bigger issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 14, 2007
A whole lot of padding turns a fine enough story into a dour, wordy slog.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 27, 2007
The film is two plodding hours of people abusing themselves, their livers, a corpse, each other and even small animals. Most abused of all is the audience.
| Original Score: 1/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 10, 2007
Lawrence and Christian have the luxury of more time to explore [the story], but instead they merely add several external, superficial elements that misunderstand and circumvent the story's center.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 27, 2007
Jindabyne musters all the emotional momentum of a reflecting pool despite a solid cast and fertile premise.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
June 1, 2007
With its cold brilliance and delicate aloofness, this is a movie you can hold aloft to recognize and examine its many intellectual facets in hard light, but it will never make you feel anything.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
May 25, 2006
Jindabyne never obtains the full impact of its potentially powerful inner core.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 24, 2007
A soberly, if sluggishly, crafted movie in which the bitterness never stops.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
April 26, 2007
For all its roiling tensions, Jindabyne is an oddly antiseptic, even repressed, experience.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 27, 2007
It's not just that the clean, efficient lines of Carver's story are blurred and tangled. The real flaw is that the movie's best features -- the aching clarity of its central performances - threaten to be lost in a wilderness of metaphor and mystification.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 11, 2007
Intelligent, superbly acted and finely observed, but Jindabyne suffers from too many extraneous elements and from a story that doesn't land with enough force or purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 11, 2007
Easy to admire but considerably harder to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 18, 2007
The resolution Jindabyne eventually offers feels small and safe. The movie goes out with a whimper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 25, 2007
Clearly, in his bid to repurpose Carver's story, Lawrence misses the writer's prevailing ethos: the sense of self-contained internal misery and that haunting quality of being hopelessly human.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 7, 2007
The frustration here is that none of this leads anywhere. Perhaps that is the point, that some mysteries are never solved, but Jindabyne could give us a little more to work with.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
April 15, 2007
Murder isn't allowed to become a distraction. Consequently, with all its haunting moodiness, moral alarm bells and relational issues, the film isn't much more than the unexpanded short story it derives from.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 11, 2006
...generally comes off as an overwrought and flat-out silly piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 16, 2007
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