Sweet Country Reviews

January 5, 2019
Indigenous actor Hamilton Morris is quietly magnificent in his first screen role.
May 16, 2018
Uncompromising, deliberate, and eerily beautiful, director Warwick Thornton's rugged Australian Western puts a new spin on an old story.
April 17, 2018
If the movie's outlook is less than hopeful, it nevertheless suggests that there is still time to learn from our mistakes.
April 10, 2018
Australia now has its High Noon.
April 7, 2018
Spare, deliberately paced, and almost Biblical in its search for moral justice in a harsh and lawless landscape.
April 6, 2018
A movie of visuals first and foremost.
April 5, 2018
While Sweet Country snakes along to an inevitable outcome, Thornton retains a sharp control over the movie's ravishing visuals, assembling them with a rhythmic quality that transcends any specific time and place.
April 5, 2018
A bleak story presented with great style, it's a finely made Australian western that demonstrates the malleability of that most American of genres as well as the impressive gifts of Indigenous filmmaker Warwick Thornton.
April 5, 2018
Around this spare story...director Warwick Thornton constructs a searing indictment of frontier racism as remarkable for its sonic restraint as its visual expansiveness.
April 4, 2018
[Warwick] Thornton delicately peels back all the layers of Aussie injustice in this film, but what's most unnerving is that the story proves to be so universal.
March 9, 2018
A painfully real portrait of racism in Australia.
March 9, 2018
The shots of scorched red landscapes and dried-up riverbeds are often rapturous and [director Warwick] Thornton's habit of interspersing the action with quick, silent flashbacks and flashforwards adds an air of unsettling fatalism.
February 2, 2018
Thornton's long-awaited second narrative feature has strengths of its own, but not the same immediate emotional force.
September 16, 2017
Old Testament cinema, with an almost biblical starkness in its cruelty and mysterious beauty, set in a burning plain where it looks as if the sun-bleached jawbone of an ass could at any moment be picked up and used as a murder weapon.
Top Critic
September 14, 2017
Sweet Country won't satisfy anyone's thirst for old-school gunslinging fun. But it has its own hypnotic mood and flavor: that familiar Ozploitation feel for the nebulous boundary between civilization and the anarchic wild.
September 8, 2017
The story is both fresh and archetypal; the landscape both hard and delicate - and beautifully observed.
Top Critic
September 7, 2017
The spare, classical chase drama that ensues is seeded with barbed observations on colonialism, cultural erasure and rough justice, kept poetically succinct by Thornton's lithe, soaring visual storytelling.
September 7, 2017
A drama of imposing breadth and emotional depth.