Strangerland Reviews

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June 3, 2019
Strangerland amounts to little more than a turgid 2 hours with a pair of bland, lifeless characters.
August 14, 2018
It occasionally winds down here and there, but the intrigue and the character interactions keep it from dipping too low. With strong performances throughout and a story that is solidly told, we have a lot to look forward to from Kim Farrant.
March 28, 2018
The ambiguity that characterizes the film ultimately does not seem to be so much an artistic decision as lack of assertiveness on the part of the writers. The acting saves it.
September 1, 2017
STRANGERLAND is one of the worst kind of bad films, in that it presents itself to be such a great film--takes itself way too seriously--all the while being an incomprehensible mess.
November 15, 2016
It's the parched Outback landscape, thrumming with beauty and menace, that leaves the biggest impression.
July 26, 2016
Secrets and lies is the name of the game, in other words, as this taut but sinister ensemble piece turns the screws in what is an intelligent, all-engrossing - and indeed Irish-produced - film.
May 12, 2016
A shift in focus from a potentially jittery thriller to a humdrum, psychological analysis of a dislocated family becomes the narrative driving force and given the rich backdrop, it appears a great opportunity has been severely missed.
February 23, 2016
She is as invigorated by her missing daughter's sexuality as her husband is terrified. It's an interesting enough subtext, but foregrounded, it's not enough to carry the muddled movie that ensues.
February 7, 2016
All the guilt, shame and anguish create a heady brew in an atmospheric but sometimes overwrought tale of a family in crisis.
February 4, 2016
While director Kim Farrant superbly captures the haunting, parched beauty of the Aussie interior in her debut feature, she stumbles when it comes to the emotional landscape, with the movie flickering uncertainly in tone.
February 1, 2016
The result won't astound but it will intrigue - at least for a time.
January 1, 2016
Strangerland unassumingly goes way beyond your usual art-house fare to the heart of a scared and scary colonised country.
December 21, 2015
If only the malevolent spirit of the bush were a satisfactory explanation for the enigma being spun here.
November 12, 2015
The pieces of this troubling puzzle never come together; indeed, it appears that they're not meant to.
September 21, 2015
Exemplifies why it's hard to sell Australian made films to the public, with potential there to create something intriguing, yet for every step forward it takes three back, a couple to the side and then does the arty-farty boogie.
August 21, 2015
... the melodrama is overheated more than the sweltering setting.
August 14, 2015
Strangerland runs out of gas, leaving us with a couple of final "Forget You" (shall we say) moments. Thanks. Thanks for nothing.
July 23, 2015
Strangerland is presented through a prism of womanly wantoness juxtaposed with a mother's pain and fear.
July 17, 2015
Despite all of its well-intentioned, high-minded aspirations, Strangerland is a hodgepodge that plods along at a torpid pace.
July 17, 2015
Drenching the movie in so much mood is rough on the pacing, and there's a pointed lack of urgency to the search.
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