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.
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.
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 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.
December 21, 2015
If only the malevolent spirit of the bush were a satisfactory explanation for the enigma being spun here.
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 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.
July 16, 2015
A slow, opaque Australian psychologicsal drama.
July 14, 2015
Fine performances, but things go terribly wrong with the storytelling in 'Strangerland.'
July 10, 2015
Kidman's best performances have often been as grieving moms (Dead Calm, The Others, Rabbit Hole) and here she provides the flaccid movie's sole flash of daring and unpredictability.
July 10, 2015
Good performances by three fine actors, especially Kidman. Rarely has she looked more beautiful. Alas, the story is far too long and unrelentingly dark and depressing. I was enjoying the acting and the mystery, but the last half hour goes overboard.
July 10, 2015
Director Kim Farrant's debut feature is beautifully shot and offers some powerful, well-acted moments from a strong cast, but it's just relentlessly dreary.
July 10, 2015
A high-caliber cast can't rescue what resembles an Aussie version of a Lifetime movie.
July 10, 2015
It certainly provides Kidman with some meaty, twisted material. But the film abandons the viewer in the end, leaving the audience as lost as those kids.
July 10, 2015
[H]as its priorities twisted.
July 9, 2015
"Strangerland" ... strains credulity with its secrets and revelations to facilitate its surprises.
July 9, 2015
The nagging sense sets in that Farrant and screenwriters Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons are after something arty with their story, and the movie can't ambiguously end fast enough.
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