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Once Were Warriors Reviews

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February 21, 2017
Once Were Warriors is a savage and dismaying tale of a venerable culture in decay and a film difficult to recommend.
November 14, 2005
Overrated and nauseating.
| Original Score: 2/5
February 13, 2001
As often happens when films are intent on getting a message across, Once Were Warriors can't stop itself from overdoing things.
July 29, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
It is powerful and chilling, and directed by Lee Tamahori with such narrative momentum that we are swept along in the enveloping tragedy of the family's life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
Works, to some degree, on three levels: the visceral, the emotional, and the intellectual, and it is the amalgamation of these that makes this a memorable film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
February 21, 2017
It's a fine, fierce and nearly unforgettable movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 20, 2002
One of the year's best films. Totally unforgettable.
| Original Score: 4/5
January 13, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 21, 2017
A gritty, powerful first feature by Lee Tamahori.
January 1, 2000
It is a painful and very effective tale about the destructive power of abuse, rape, alcoholism, and violence in general that easily transcends its New Zealand origin.
| Original Score: 4/5
January 26, 2006
A gritty human drama evoking the residual vibrancy of a threatened culture.
November 15, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
August 30, 2002
Speaks volumes about the self-destructiveness of peoples who have turned their rage inward.
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 3.5/4
January 3, 2004
Packed with bloody raw emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 1, 2000
Reserve judgment until this raw, uncompromising working-class saga is over, and you might find yourself unforgettably moved -- and grateful for the experience.
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
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