Jindabyne Reviews

Page 1 of 2
November 17, 2011
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.
September 14, 2007
A whole lot of padding turns a fine enough story into a dour, wordy slog.
July 20, 2007
There is some great acting here, and some scenes do have an undercurrent of elemental power in them that tugs at your ankles. But the film never pulls you in.
June 18, 2007
For all the pains it takes to establish mood and character, Jindabyne hides under its own uneasy surfaces; it never allows enough sense of what this community really is, of what's to be grieved when it comes apart.
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.
June 7, 2007
So slow, cold and aloof that it's almost off-putting. As a result, it's hard to care much about what happens to any of these characters.
June 1, 2007
Jindabyne loses its general sense of direction.
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.
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 18, 2007
The resolution Jindabyne eventually offers feels small and safe. The movie goes out with a whimper.
May 17, 2007
Thankfully, Linney and Byrne are so good, so absolutely mesmerizing, many of these flaws can be at least partially overlooked thanks to them.
May 11, 2007
Easy to admire but considerably harder to enjoy.
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.
May 11, 2007
Throughout Jindabyne, I felt completely creeped out. From the disturbing opening to images of children killing animals, adults abusing each other, and a corpse, the viewing experience was unpleasant.
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.
April 28, 2007
The director too often errs on the side of embellishing details that didn't need to be expanded upon.
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.
April 27, 2007
Jindabyne musters all the emotional momentum of a reflecting pool despite a solid cast and fertile premise.
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.
Page 1 of 2