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Rabbit-Proof Fence Reviews

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Michael Booth
Denver Post
February 8, 2008
[Director Phillip] Noyce shows their awful, eventually uplifting journey without flinching, and the arid Australian wilderness is a co-star of the film.
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Newsday
May 28, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 6, 2003
It certainly has its moving moments.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 27, 2002
Searing dramatization of a story of remarkable courage, stamina and spirit.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
December 27, 2002
Many movies claim to illuminate the human spirit, but Rabbit-Proof Fence actually delivers.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 26, 2002
Essentially, Noyce just wants to tell a good story, which he does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 26, 2002
The movie may sound like a yawn: Three girls walk through wind and rain and scrub brush to get back where they belong. But it's not.
| Original Score: B+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 26, 2002
One of 2002's most memorable imports.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 25, 2002
Sampi rarely faces the camera; her gaze eludes us, but her strength and willfulness jump off the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
December 25, 2002
Nearly everything about Rabbit-Proof Fence is astonishing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 25, 2002
An amazing story, amazingly told.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
December 25, 2002
Noyce has worked wonders with the material.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 25, 2002
This journey, which evokes some of the same mystery of the outback evoked in many other Australian films (notably Walkabout), is beautiful, harrowing and sometimes heartbreaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
December 24, 2002
Noyce creates a film of near-hypnotic physical beauty even as he tells a story as horrifying as any in the heart-breakingly extensive annals of white-on-black racism.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 24, 2002
This is a heartfelt story ... it just isn't a very involving one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
December 24, 2002
Rabbit-Proof Fence will probably make you angry. But it will just as likely make you weep, and it will do so in a way that doesn't make you feel like a sucker.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
December 24, 2002
All of Rabbit-Proof Fence's characters are so well-drawn, so human -- that even in the harsh light of history -- it remains difficult to understand how Australia allowed such inhumanity to become institutional, mechanized and accepted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
December 23, 2002
This film is about longing, a tribal longing. Ultimately, the tribe in question is mankind.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 2, 2002
One of the best movies of the year.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
November 29, 2002
Never stirs the soul as much as it might.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 29, 2002
Vividly demonstrates that the director of such Hollywood blockbusters as Patriot Games can still turn out a small, personal film with an emotional wallop.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 29, 2002
An extraordinary story is reduced to a predictable, heart-tugging issue-movie- of-the-week.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
November 29, 2002
Serves as unassailable proof of Noyce's good intentions, even if as a political statement it's at once over- and under-cooked, with little memorable dialogue and neither enough moral or political nuance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 29, 2002
Its portrait of people who see themselves as decent, self-righteously trying to eradicate another culture, has the impact of a swift, hard slap in the face.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 27, 2002
Noyce lets the landscape and the untrained young actresses own the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
November 27, 2002
A stirring road movie.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
November 26, 2002
A dusty, calloused, primal Odyssey, as forceful and single-minded as a bullet train.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 30, 2002
A movie of adventure, courage and spirit, revealing the best and worst in human nature and introducing terrific new talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Erin Free
Hollywood Reporter
February 21, 2002
With this film, Noyce has walked into the middle of the fray; using his gifts as a creator of expertly crafted, highly accomplished commercial successes, he has made a movie as exciting and accessible as it is timely.