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The Proposition Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 17, 2006
It's well-acted and has a great premise, but doesn't add up to beans.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
June 16, 2006
...blends the classic existential Western with the violence of a Sam Peckinpah sage saga
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 14, 2006
In the end, it feels like Nihilism for Newcomers or maybe Sartre With Six-Shooters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
June 12, 2006
Intentionally strips the polish from Hollywood's overproduced outlaw epics.
| Original Score: 3/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
June 9, 2006
It never becomes more than a mood piece. The characters are so overdrawn and exaggerated that I never believed any of them. And, when you don't believe, you don't care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
June 9, 2006
It doesn't offer much that hasn't already been said about lawless frontier towns, bonds between outlaws or the settling of the West.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 9, 2006
By the end, it all pays off exactly the way a hundred earlier Westerns did.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
June 9, 2006
In-your-face combativeness is The Proposition's power, and for those of you who value your westerns, the effect is not unlike that of The Wild Bunch or Unforgiven.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 9, 2006
As pitiless an Aussie Western as one might expect from the pen of self-consciously gloomy songwriter Nick Cave, who titled one defining album 'Murder Ballads.'
| Original Score: 4/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
June 9, 2006
Initially capricious though the film is, this murder ballad transposed to film reveals a devastating hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
June 9, 2006
...a movie that the late director Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch) would have recognized as coming from a kindred spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 8, 2006
It's fitting that The Proposition is set Down Under, because in many ways, it's a reverse Western.
| Original Score: 4/5
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 8, 2006
Hillcoat has made a stunning, meditative, shockingly violent contribution to the Western genre.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
June 8, 2006
Cave composes music that is nothing less than heart-rending. He does the same with his graphically violent period piece The Proposition, which plays like an exercise in forsaken humanity.
| Original Score: 3/4
Ian Grey
Orlando Weekly
June 8, 2006
As directed by music video vet John Hillcoat, Cave's vision of 1880s Australia as outlaw inferno becomes an unforgettable exposed raw nerve of a film.
Sean Axmaker
GreenCine
June 4, 2006
Nick Cave's sinewy script looks austere and stripped down but echoes with a rich set of characters and conflicts...
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
June 2, 2006
Violent but compelling yarn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 2, 2006
An intense piece of wilderness ugliness that mixes family, honor, decency, revenge, racism and mindless blood lust in a manner that satisfies even if it never astounds.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 2, 2006
Those with strong stomachs, who can stand the assault on their sensibilities, will be rewarded with a thoughtful and well-acted, albeit somewhat disturbing, picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
June 2, 2006
Director Jeff Hillcoat leaves room for strong performances by Winstone and Pearce, plus a pleasantly hammy bit by John Hurt as a bounty hunter.
| Original Score: 3/4
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