Mystery Road

2013

Mystery Road

Critics Consensus

Mystery Road evokes classic Westerns while using its Australian outback setting to delve into a surprisingly layered -- and powerfully impactful -- array of social issues.

91%

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Total Count: 35

64%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 4,200
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An Indigenous detective investigates the murder of a teenage girl in a small town in the Outback. Ivan Sen (Toomelah) crafts a mesmerising thriller with a stellar Australian cast including Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Ryan Kwanten and Jack Thompson.

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Critic Reviews for Mystery Road

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (6)

  • Mystery Road is a detective story that unspools with languid menace on the widescreen of the Australian Outback.

    Aug 29, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • Director Ivan Sen's fourth feature evokes old westerns, Polanski's Chinatown and other noir classics, but still feels grounded in the dust and dried blood of the Australian soil.

    Aug 28, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This sand-blasted Aussie murder mystery tinkers with genre convention while managing to remain sincere and thrilling.

    Aug 28, 2014 | Rating: 4/5
  • As a straight-up, "Law & Order"-esque criminal investigation, it's watchable. But lingering shots and half-baked racial commentary overstate the importance of "Mystery Road."

    Mar 31, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Mystery Road's links to the classic Hollywood western are as obvious as its hero's cowboy boots and white hat but they do nothing to diminish its Australianness.

    Dec 17, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A work of evocative suggestion and concrete detail, a film that uses the genre trappings of the western and the thriller to explore a complex story of crime and indifference.

    Dec 17, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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  • Oct 31, 2014
    Indeed a slow-burning thriller. Not quite up to my taste, though.
    familiar s Super Reviewer

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