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Mystery Road Reviews

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June 27, 2016
I won't lie and say Mystery Road kept me on the edge of my seat for its duration, but there is a lot to enjoy in its delicately peeled back layers.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 1, 2014
This tightly wound drama evokes a strikingly inventive sense of the Wild West in the Australian Outback.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 31, 2014
Sen (who also shoots, scores and edits) goes walkabout through the minefield of contemporary Australian culture, offering an evocative snapshot of an unravelling crime scene - social, racial and economic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 29, 2014
A superior and taut outback adventure, you'd have to go back to Samson and Delilah to find an Australian feature this bonsa.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 29, 2014
Slow-burning but very powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 29, 2014
Aaron Pendersen is thoroughly believable as the conflicted Jay and the blasted landscape is photographed so well you'll be sweating and swatting the flies away from your own face after 10 mins.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 29, 2014
Mystery Road is a detective story that unspools with languid menace on the widescreen of the Australian Outback.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 28, 2014
Mystery Road may be set in modern Queensland but it has the feel of a flinty, slow-burning western as one stetson-wearing lawman stands against an entire community.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 28, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 28, 2014
This sand-blasted Aussie murder mystery tinkers with genre convention while managing to remain sincere and thrilling.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 28, 2014
A striking and menacing slow-burn thriller set in the Australian outback which blends dry humour with startling social commentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 26, 2014
Measured and sparing in its use of dialogue and music, Mystery Road remains strikingly atmospheric and expertly controlled as Sen builds a sense of quietly escalating tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 25, 2014
Slow but reasonably suspenseful drama where an Aboriginal cop (Aaron Pedersen) returns home to investigate the murder of an indigenous teenager.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 25, 2014
Imagine a racially charged Outback Chinatown and you have the measure of this terrific Aussie noir written, shot, directed, edited and scored by Ivan Sen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 31, 2014
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."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 27, 2014
Detective Jay Swan is no Marlowe; he just isn't engaging, or all that interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 17, 2013
There simply isn't enough dynamism to justify Sen's story. Australian movies have to work harder to secure audiences beyond those who go to them out of a sense of duty or worthiness; Mystery Road simply doesn't go that far.
December 17, 2013
A masterfully executed slice of storytelling that rates as one of our finest films of the past few years.
December 17, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 17, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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