Rabbit-Proof Fence - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Rabbit-Proof Fence Reviews

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
April 7, 2003
A haunting film about one of the great escapes of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
March 17, 2003
Its compelling final visual will make you weep.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Its adult themes of familial separation and societal betrayal are head and shoulders above much of the director's previous popcorn work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Glenn Kenny
Premiere Magazine
March 4, 2003
As moving as it is hallucinatory, it's truly a journey through another world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
February 26, 2003
This isn't exactly an uplifting tale of the indomitability of the human spirit; rather, there are many heartbreaking moments, and the coda delivers an additional wallop.
| Original Score: 3/4
James Rocchi
February 11, 2003
True tale of Australian children running from the cruelty of adults is visually captivating -- with an urgent emotional core.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 10, 2003
Noyce films it more as a shocking history lesson than as drama.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Eric D. Snider
February 8, 2003
That rare film whose real-life basis is, in fact, so interesting that no embellishment is needed.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 31, 2003
You'd have to be a most hard-hearted person not to be moved by this drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
January 31, 2003
[The] young actresses ... depict these girls with strength and grace, and make their fight to survive and return to their families powerfully real.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
January 30, 2003
The structure is simple, but in its own way, Rabbit-Proof Fence is a quest story as grand as The Lord of the Rings.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Beth Jones
Roanoke Times (Virginia)
January 27, 2003
Noyce has delivered an asounding film: a story about the evil of humanity told against a backdrop of startling scenic beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 27, 2003
[Noyce] focuses on the literal heart of the issue and brings it to sad, authentic life in a way that transcends race, gender, and nationality.
Collin Souter
January 25, 2003
An emotionally and spiritually compelling journey seen through the right eyes, with the right actors and with the kind of visual flair that shows what great cinema can really do.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 23, 2003
Noyce trusts the power of the story to move us. He knows that, like the girls themselves, we'll find our way along Rabbit-Proof Fence.
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 22, 2003
Blessedly, Rabbit-Proof Fence never succumbs to the trap of being merely high-minded, but succeeds as effective filmmaking in its own right, becoming a movie that is both important and good.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Josef Braun
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
January 19, 2003
Despite the grand drama inherent in its narrative, the film pulls back from investing much energy into imparting upon us the gravity of what we are watching.
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
January 19, 2003
This true story of some gutsy aboriginee girls who made a daring escape to home across thousands of miles of Australian outback, lyrically inspires and invigorates the human spirit.
Full Review
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
January 17, 2003
Despite a well-placed sense of historical outrage, Fence isn't one-sided.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 13, 2003
The inspirational story, the plucky determination of the kids, the glimpse into another country's sordid, racist past, and good production values make up for the minor shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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