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The Proposition Reviews

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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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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 5, 2006
The quality of the acting, Cave's hellfire score and the heavy atmospherics of the directing merely dress up a cliché: Violence leads to more violence.
| Original Score: 2/4
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
May 4, 2006
For audiences accustomed to revisionist Westerns, only the relocation to Down Under will be a novelty since the film follows Sam Peckinpah's blood-soaked template.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 18, 2005
...an exercise in frustration...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
May 20, 2006
...lots and lots of shots of people staring off into space thinking;... a strange juxtaposition of violence and laggardliness...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
May 26, 2006
In this godforsaken land, the good, the bad and the ugly are all pretty much the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
March 11, 2006
Hillcoat tries to make the film work with blood, death, degradation and loud music. In the end, it's just too nihilistic and self-conscious to be convincing or involving.
Brett Buckalew
FilmStew.com
May 5, 2006
If there remains any doubt that the MPAA's Ratings Board grants screen violence more leeway than sex, The Proposition effectively quashes such uncertainty.
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
May 19, 2006
Over the top, Down Under.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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
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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Noel Murray
AV Club
May 4, 2006
Had Cave written The Proposition as a song, the vague grotesquerie and simple, primal storytelling might've been an asset.
| Original Score: C-
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
May 5, 2006
Hillcoat and Cave clearly have astute ideas to impart, but their passion for gore and grime overwhelms all intellectual activity.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
May 19, 2006
Directed with Sergio Leone sensuality and meager subtlety.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 26, 2006
This is the crucial proposition The Proposition misses: To make us truly despair about the face of violence, it must be firmly attached to someone we know, and not merely blown off someone we don't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ethan Alter
Premiere Magazine
May 30, 2006
With its bleak worldview and brutal violence, The Proposition is, without question, a visceral experience, but it's also a curiously empty one.
| Original Score: 2/4
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 4, 2006
... a movie full of startling and sometimes beautiful moments
| Original Score: 92/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 19, 2006
Have you read Blood Meridian, the novel by Cormac McCarthy? This movie comes close to realizing the vision of that dread and despairing story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 18, 2006
The strength of The Proposition is its relentless moral ambiguity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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