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Mad Bastards Reviews

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Glenn Dunks
Onya Magazine
October 17, 2013
Fletcher has done a great job with Mad Bastards and should be especially commended for getting the performances out of these non-actors.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Rod Yates
Empire Magazine Australasia
July 12, 2011
The Australian film renaissance continues in style.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
June 16, 2011
Mad Bastards is this year's Samson & Delilah; it bravely explores a host of hot-button issues with a deft blending of humour, sensitivity and often brutal frankness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
May 12, 2011
Thankfully, a resounding emphasis on authenticity and an infectiously motivated cast of amateurs carries this heartfelt drama across the line.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
May 8, 2011
Mad Bastards is simply Australia's most impressive film since Animal Kingdom.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Fuhrmann
Time Out Sydney
May 5, 2011
The story arc is a cringingly facile story of redemption which, but for the curious ghost of reality behind it, would have been pretty forgettable.
Michelle Orange
May 4, 2011
The over-reliance on score sets up an avoidant rhythm that begins to feel like a lack of narrative confidence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
May 4, 2011
The writer/director was Brendan Fletcher, it's his first feature and if there is a flaw with the film it is that the narrative is at times a bit confused. Despite that there's something very affecting about these Mad Bastards.
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
May 4, 2011
This is poised and meaningful Australian cinema, however we classify it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Annette Basile
FILMINK (Australia)
May 4, 2011
While it tackles tough material, the terrific lead performances, stunning cinematography and uplifting score add up to a film that's pretty special.
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
May 2, 2011
A big heart and powerful moments make this little Aussie film the must watch local production of 2011.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
April 30, 2011
A harsh tale told in a soft voice by Brendan Fletcher, who uses a full soundtrack to calm our jangling emotions. The film is understated in its redemptive message
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
April 30, 2011
A brave and insightful glimpse filled with revelations and fascination into the aboriginal culture and the region
Simon Miraudo
April 26, 2011
Brendan Fletcher's ... Mad Bastards is a very human tale told with an electric vibrancy rarely found in dramas of this ilk. It lives and breathes and meanders freely, in the spirit of the Kimberley storytellers who inspired the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Norm Schrager
February 10, 2011
lives in a heartbreaking place of real people and their real-life hopes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
February 8, 2011
There's yearning as well as stubborn emotional isolation and anger in these characters, and any harshness in the observations of this richly satisfying film invariably is balanced by warmth.
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