Strangerland

2015, Mystery & thriller/Drama, 1h 51m

68 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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

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A couple discover that their teenage children have disappeared just before a massive dust storm sweeps through their remote desert town.

Cast & Crew

Jim Russell
Alan Robertson
Sean Keenan
Steve Robertson
Martin Dingle Wall
Neil McPherson
Fiona Seres
Screenwriter
Molly Conners
Executive Producer
Maria Cestone
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Sarah E. Johnson
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Adriana L. Randall
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Andrew Mackie
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Richard Payten
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P.J. Dillon
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Melinda Doring
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Keefus Ciancia
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Critic Reviews for Strangerland

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (40)

  • 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.

    September 1, 2017 | Rating: F | Full Review…
  • 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 23, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Strangerland runs out of gas, leaving us with a couple of final "Forget You" (shall we say) moments. Thanks. Thanks for nothing.

    August 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.

    July 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.

    July 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.

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

    September 1, 2017 | Rating: F | Full Review…
  • 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 23, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Strangerland runs out of gas, leaving us with a couple of final "Forget You" (shall we say) moments. Thanks. Thanks for nothing.

    August 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.

    July 16, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Strangerland amounts to little more than a turgid 2 hours with a pair of bland, lifeless characters.

    June 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    August 14, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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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