The Snowtown Murders Reviews

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November 23, 2011
[U]niquely distressing... This is a hard movie to endure. It is hugely emotionally suspenseful, and all of the suspense is of the dreadful kind...
November 22, 2011
Layer in the realisation that what you are seeing actually happened and the result takes you beyond disturbing into that place where your skin starts to creep and your brain crawls into the foetal position.
November 20, 2011
It's mesmerising in the way a snake mesmerises its prey before striking.
November 20, 2011
It's the escalating sense of claustrophobia and dread that really crawls under the skin: with grimy visuals and a pulsating soundtrack proving particularly powerful in the by and large sensitively handled killing scenes.
November 20, 2011
Snowtown offers a bleak, brutal exploration of the way morality can be skewed and innocence corrupted by neglect, hardship ... and the presence of a charismatic psychopath.
November 19, 2011
It's a truly shocking experience that ends suddenly, just when we're expecting a final atrocity and some climactic revelation, and we're left to ponder the events.
November 19, 2011
A true story told with rare skill by a new director from whom a great deal more will be heard.
November 18, 2011
As for the crimes themselves, most take place off screen and between scenes - a terrifyingly protracted murder excepted. Yet even when the violence isn't shown, a mood of clammy dread and horror pervades the film.
November 17, 2011
It's slow but atmospheric and memorable.
November 17, 2011
Snowtown presents a world of moral nightmare and sits us right inside it, to feel the pulse and processes of evil as if they were our own.
November 17, 2011
It's one of the most disturbing movies of our moment, not just for the true-crime subject, but because Kurzel's searing technique and expertise with actors get so far under your skin.
November 17, 2011
Thought provoking, but leeringly nasty and deeply unsettling. This is one that will linger with you for days.
November 17, 2011
This oppressive account is one of the most effective and uncompromising horrors of human essence of recent years - a powerful testament to the talents of all involved.
November 17, 2011
It reminded me, oddly, of Richard Fleischer's sordid history of John Christie in 10 Rillington Place - here is the killer; here is his shabby habitat, and here are his crimes.
November 16, 2011
Powerfully directed and superbly written, this is a genuinely disturbing, emotionally draining serial killer drama with a stunning central performance from Daniel Henshall.
November 16, 2011
Authentically, viscerally convincing in its performances and milieu, Snowtown throbs with tension and a deep sense of wrongness from its first reel onwards.
November 16, 2011
Snowtown brings cold comfort.
November 15, 2011
'Snowtown' is an uncomfortable film to watch, but its sickening suburban horror is made bearable by Kurzel's rigorous restraint...
November 14, 2011
Grimly credible, and with more than a few flashes of brilliance, this is a highly impressive, upsetting debut. Just be warned - its chief currency is cold, numbing horror.
November 14, 2011
Its grimly realistic style may be off-putting to some viewers, but this is a convincing and effective portrayal of a serial killer.
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