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Rabbit-Proof Fence Reviews

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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May 28, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 6, 2003
It certainly has its moving moments.
December 27, 2002
Searing dramatization of a story of remarkable courage, stamina and spirit.
December 27, 2002
Many movies claim to illuminate the human spirit, but Rabbit-Proof Fence actually delivers.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 26, 2002
Essentially, Noyce just wants to tell a good story, which he does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: B+
December 26, 2002
One of 2002's most memorable imports.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
December 25, 2002
Nearly everything about Rabbit-Proof Fence is astonishing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 25, 2002
An amazing story, amazingly told.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 25, 2002
Noyce has worked wonders with the material.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
December 24, 2002
This is a heartfelt story ... it just isn't a very involving one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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+
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
December 23, 2002
This film is about longing, a tribal longing. Ultimately, the tribe in question is mankind.
December 2, 2002
One of the best movies of the year.
November 29, 2002
Never stirs the soul as much as it might.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 29, 2002
An extraordinary story is reduced to a predictable, heart-tugging issue-movie- of-the-week.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 27, 2002
Noyce lets the landscape and the untrained young actresses own the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 27, 2002
A stirring road movie.
November 26, 2002
A dusty, calloused, primal Odyssey, as forceful and single-minded as a bullet train.
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
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.