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Jindabyne Reviews

November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 20, 2007
The movie's remaining revelations build slowly into a set of surprisingly powerful emotional beats.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 8, 2007
A fish tale worth telling and worth hearing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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.
May 24, 2007
The seamless overall blend of involving domestic turmoil and haunted national self-questioning is quite some achievement.
May 18, 2007
An affecting character study, anchored by scraped-bare and often heartbreaking performances by Laura Linney and Gabriel Byrne.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 18, 2007
[Director] Lawrence's compelling little film pursues a deep question: why people make the choices that they do - and how they then live with those decisions, right or wrong, weak or strong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
May 11, 2007
Easy to admire but considerably harder to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
May 11, 2007
It's hard not to admire the film's confidence in making the story its own, and Ms. Linney, a mix of iron will and emotional fragility, delivers her usual complex performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 4, 2007
Too many extraneous elements have been added but at the movie's center lies the knotty story of a marriage poisoned by amorality.
May 4, 2007
Though Linney is the standout, short-shrift should not be given to the rest of the cast, whose roles might be smaller but they're the ones who add a little color to this otherwise dreary vista.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 3, 2007
Jindabyne is wonderfully acted by Laura Linney and Gabriel Byrne, two first-rate performers working close to the bone and concerned foremost with making an audience understand their characters, as opposed to merely liking them.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 28, 2007
Jindabyne ends up shushing itself out of any emotional wallop. Restraint is a necessity if you're trying to express Carver's singular voice, but there's a difference between being quietly devastating and muting your narrative to death.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
April 27, 2007
Gabriel Byrne is the fisherman who won't interrupt his trip; Laura Lin ney is the wife who finds his actions hard and, finally, horrifying to comprehend. And for the most part it works.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
April 27, 2007
Linney, in particular, is heartbreaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 27, 2007
We live on the fault line along with these characters, and it is an experience that is not easy to shake off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
April 26, 2007
Such is the inherent power of the Carver material that Jindabyne rises above its polemics.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 26, 2007
For all its roiling tensions, Jindabyne is an oddly antiseptic, even repressed, experience.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 26, 2007
Jindabyne wears its class politics lightly, weaving them into a ghost story about the intimate connection between how we treat our living and our dead that will hover around your shoulders long after you leave the theater.
April 25, 2007
Jindabyne requires patience, but the payoff is rewarding.
April 24, 2007
The result is a mature and challenging motion picture, and something that will stick with viewers after the screen has gone dark.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 24, 2007
A soberly, if sluggishly, crafted movie in which the bitterness never stops.
April 23, 2007
Scene by scene, Jindabyne has dramatic force, but it's an awfully long slog. Carver's smartest tactic was never outstaying his welcome.
April 18, 2007
Jindabyne can't contain all that the filmmakers want to throw in. Best to keep glued to the taut performance by Laura Linney as Claire, wife of one of the fishermen (Gabriel Byrne) and a woman moved to dramatic acts of atonement.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 23, 2006
There's something dreadfully wrong when the picture shows signs of completely misunderstanding, or choosing to ignore, the dead moral centre of Carver's story. Why, then, bother to adapt it?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 20, 2006
A coiled and enigmatic psychodrama that cements Australian director Ray Lawrence's standing as a fine, if not prolific, filmmaker.
May 25, 2006
Jindabyne never obtains the full impact of its potentially powerful inner core.