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Once Were Warriors Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 21, 2017
It's a fine, fierce and nearly unforgettable movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 31, 2016
The film isn't, ultimately, quite able to reach the heights attained by its star...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 7, 2011
The violence in Once Were Warriors (Fine Line, R), a tumultuous domestic drama from New Zealand, erupts with terrifying suddenness.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 26, 2006
A gritty human drama evoking the residual vibrancy of a threatened culture.
April 7, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
March 9, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 13, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 26, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
January 3, 2004
Packed with bloody raw emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 19, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
May 20, 2003
Left floundering in an inhospitable urban world, they have lost touch with their tribal past to become part of a rootless global subculture. The misery seen here would be familiar anywhere.
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