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Strangerland has a marvelous cast, but their efforts aren't enough to overcome the story's blandly predictable melodrama.



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New to the remote Australian desert town of Nathgari, the Parker family is thrown into crisis when Catherine and Matthew discover that their two teenage kids, Tommy and Lily, have mysteriously disappeared just before a massive dust storm hits the town. With Nathgari now eerily smothered in red dust and darkness, the locals join the search led by local cop David Rae. With temperatures rising, and the chances of survival plummeting with each passing day, Catherine and Matthew find themselves pushed to the brink as they struggle to survive the uncertainty of their children's fate.

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Nicole Kidman
as Catherine Parker
Hugo Weaving
as Detective David Rae
Joseph Fiennes
as Matthew Parker
Sean P. Keenan
as Steve Robertson
Maddison Brown
as Lily Parker
Jim Russell
as Alan Robertson
Trangi Speedy-Coe
as Jarrah (6 yrs.)
Martin Dingle Wall
as Neil McPherson
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Critic Reviews for Strangerland

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (18)

  • Strangerland runs out of gas, leaving us with a couple of final "Forget You" (shall we say) moments. Thanks. Thanks for nothing.

    Aug 14, 2015 | Rating: 1/4
  • 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.

    Jul 16, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • erie and unpredictable, Strangerland holds attention, even if traditional suspense tricks are avoided like they were dingos at the daycare.

    Jul 13, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 10, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 10, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 10, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Strangerland

  • Dec 08, 2016
    This was almost a two star rating as I was so cross about the lack of ending, however, I read some spoilers on IMDb which suggested -.........,repeating spoiler here......................................................................................that the mother was possibly the cause of all the issues and signs point towards her abusing the kids rather than the father, which is kind of implied. I think they're right, and I have upped half a star accordingly. I am annoyed we never find out what happened to the daughter. I know things happen in real life every day which aren't explained, but darn it, I expect some closure on a fictional movie! This could have been a very good movie. The early scenes with Lily were great - not sure who that young actress is, but I'm sure she'll be in more movies. She was very convincing and sympathetic. Both the parents were a bit off. Not the acting, the acting is very good,but how they are written. I liked the outback town and the aboriginal cast. This was such a waste of a good idea from trying to be arty. Sometimes less is not more.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 26, 2016
    The disappearance of a 15 year old sexpot ripples through a small backwater Australian town like dynamite, exposing all those nasty things people think about each other but don't dare say out loud. I loved this and thought it was well done despite that it was sometimes too overwrought = soap opera. Still, why it is scored so low here on the Tomato is anyone's guess.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2015
    The cast is terrific and this solid character study is always engaging as it examines the lack of emotional stability in a dysfunctional family, but it is frustrating that it ends on an ambiguous note that makes the whole film feel almost like a good effort for nothing.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 17, 2015
    Eerie and very reminiscent of the movie Prisoners which is not bad thing. Except at times this film is just too slow and boring to take you to the next interesting part of which there are few.
    Ian W Super Reviewer

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