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The Proposition Reviews

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September 17, 2010
John Hillcoat's violence-probing Western feels as uncompromisingly bleak, royally widescreen and graphically violent as any Sam Peckinpah opus - a sunburned, grimy-nailed saga of point-blank executions and blood wrung from a cat o' nine tails.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 30, 2009
Ferocious yet free of shallow misanthropy
August 21, 2009
What the characters have in common--the only thing they have in common, really--is the desire for community amid the well-founded expectation of imminent, violent death.
April 19, 2009
ustralian-born singer/songwriter Nick Cave pens his second film (after "Ghosts ... Of The Civil Dead") and generates a prescient allegory about imperialism.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 22, 2007
Guy Pearce seems to have boiled himself down into some kind of Guy Pearce Concentrate. Winstone looks like he's been sculpted from the Australian wilderness around him.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 3, 2007
a mythic exploration of the ever shifting frontier between savagery and civilisation in an unforgiving landscape.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 24, 2007
Any movie that can cling to your memory with as much brutal power as this fantastic film is unquestionably a proposition worth taking.
March 1, 2007
The finest, strangest and most uncompromising western to hit screens since Unforgiven.
January 12, 2007
Cave's screenplay is masterful in taking the trappings of the western genre and transposing them to the Australian Outback. There's an ebb and flow to his writing and there's also the sense that tragedy is inevitable. He also manages to work in the dep
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 30, 2006
An Australian western without genre traditions in mind -- instead, their movie explores the complexities of moral relativity.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
August 7, 2006
This Aussie horse opera doesn't so much present an exotic, bizarro version of the Wild West as the apotheosis of it.
August 4, 2006
It's as strong a Western as you're likely to see, at least since Clint Eastwood gave us Unforgiven 14 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
July 4, 2006
... a movie full of startling and sometimes beautiful moments
Read More | Original Score: 92/100
June 28, 2006
The Proposition depicts male brutality, both within and without the confines of the law, in a beautifully measured way that doesn't kill the intensity of the narrative--wild contrasts, ironic similarities, and all.
June 24, 2006
Despite perpetual rumors of its demise as a genre, the Western is alive and well in the Australian outback.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 24, 2006
A beautifully shot tracker's western that brings the Fordian poles of garden and desert to bear on the bushrangers' Outback, this is also a revenge drama of substantial horror.
June 24, 2006
When it comes to condemning the ancient Western code of violence, this film should practice what it preaches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 24, 2006
Beauty, brutality, some sly social commentary... plus another sweaty, shirtless performance from Guy Pearce highlight this Aussie western from the pen of Bad Seed Nick Cave.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 23, 2006
It echoes, if not captures, the genre's harshest narrative and poetically visual trademarks -- all that's missing is Monument Valley -- while rejecting any romantic notions about how people shape their worlds, and vice versa.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 22, 2006
A visionary tale of a fragile civilizing impulse crushed by family loyalty and a lust for revenge in the vast Outback of the late 19th century.
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