Once Were Warriors Reviews

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April 23, 2020
One of the finest films ever made on New Zealand soil has lost none of its raw emotional power and unbearable psychological intensity.
February 21, 2017
Once Were Warriors has more to say than the traditional TV-movie about spousal abuse. But some viewers will have to pay a price: This is a movie that requires strength and fortitude to sit through.
February 21, 2017
Once Were Warriors is a savage and dismaying tale of a venerable culture in decay and a film difficult to recommend.
February 21, 2017
Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell, who plays Grace, had never acted before, and neither have a couple of the other key players. But under the careful direction of television veteran Lee Tamahori, they all do credible and forceful work.
February 21, 2017
It's a fine, fierce and nearly unforgettable movie.
February 21, 2017
A gritty, powerful first feature by Lee Tamahori.
February 21, 2017
There's little new here, but uniformly powerful performances (especially Owen's) give the tale unexpected power and depth.
February 21, 2017
Tamahori's direction is consistently sharp and the film showcases two immensely powerful performances by Morrison and Owen.
February 21, 2017
The howling raging energy of the prize-winning New Zealand film Once Were Warriors rushes at you, hits you like a smack in the face.
March 31, 2016
The film isn't, ultimately, quite able to reach the heights attained by its star...
September 7, 2011
The violence in Once Were Warriors (Fine Line, R), a tumultuous domestic drama from New Zealand, erupts with terrifying suddenness.
July 22, 2008
The barren lives of members of an urban Maori family are rigorously exposed in this rugged and painful picture, based on Alan Duff's novel.
March 31, 2008
The urban Maori milieu, however, is something we haven't seen before, and the images stay with you.
December 23, 2006
One of the most powerful, ultra-realistic dramas about domestic violence--As the battered wife, Rena Welson should have received a Best Actress nomination.
January 26, 2006
A gritty human drama evoking the residual vibrancy of a threatened culture.
November 14, 2005
Overrated and nauseating.
April 7, 2005
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July 26, 2004
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