Strangerland Reviews

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 16, 2015
Director Kim Farrant goes for a feeling that's as harsh, unforgiving, and wild as the land she lets the camera linger on, and it's the right idea when handling the potential melodrama of the material.
July 13, 2015
erie and unpredictable, Strangerland holds attention, even if traditional suspense tricks are avoided like they were dingos at the daycare.
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
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
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 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.
July 9, 2015
"Strangerland" is an uneven but often mesmerizing film with a mood of quiet dread; you sense that something's lurking behind that dust, but you don't know what.
July 9, 2015
The narrative machinery proves no more convincing than the underlying subtext.
July 9, 2015
The brooding and emotional prickliness gets overwhelming.
July 9, 2015
Director Kim Farrant paces her story deliberately, building up a heavy, almost oppressive tone, and Kidman takes advantage of it, burrowing into a complex and unglamorous character.
July 9, 2015
It's hard to get over the movie's haunting atmosphere. It may be just another story of kids in peril, but this one's particularly hard to shake.
July 9, 2015
Kidman clarifies as much as she can, and for a while the movie seems to be on her wavelength. Eventually, though, its mysteries get lost in the shadows.
July 7, 2015
The problem is, for all of the striving at depth, it ultimately doesn't make much sense.
July 7, 2015
Yes, I know grief does strange things to people, and sex can be a way of expressing that distress, but making it the focus of Kidman's performance just seems forced and dramatically pointless.
June 7, 2015
The cast feel dislocated from and unfamiliar with the environments captured by PJ Dillon's alternately vast and close-up, glossy and dusty cinematography.
January 24, 2015
The film remains stranded in a sort of genre no man's land.