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Ten Canoes Reviews

January 2, 2016
Both ethnographic document and high-spirited flight of whimsy: a curious mixture of entertainment and anthropology.
November 18, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 27, 2007
Sometimes all it takes to bridge the chasm of eons is a little humor.
August 2, 2007
Gulpilil is the canny, subtle and funny narrator of 10 Canoes, a film of unutterable beauty, hypnotic fascination and universal humanity.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 27, 2007
Parts of that narrative are surprisingly frank and irreverent.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 19, 2007
Audacious and impressive, but challenging work, requiring steadfast concentration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 19, 2007
Ten Canoes is a celebration of the art of storytelling, and of the power of stories to transcend all barriers of space, time and language. This is a movie with sheer magic in it.
July 13, 2007
Australian writer-director Rolf de Heer is an extremely visual filmmaker, and his images stay with you. Ten Canoes' authenticity is guaranteed by a close collaboration with the Aboriginal community.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 22, 2007
Australian director Rolf de Heer deftly mingles two styles of storytelling: cinema and aboriginal oral customs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 22, 2007
It taunts us with resolution and mysteries, then slaps our hand for reaching out for a conclusion. That's a natural expectation that the filmmakers are happy to subvert.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 21, 2007
The particular and universal aspects of myth converge in an often humorous drama that illuminates the indigenous Yolngu people yet also echoes creation stories from other cultures.
June 6, 2007
The movie -- the first entirely in Australian Aboriginal languages -- is a marvel of warm collaboration and shared jokes about husbands and wives, shot both in dreamscape color and pristine black and white.
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 5, 2007
Although it sounds like the Aboriginal answer to a Harrison Ford kidnap thriller, this is actually a richly textured parable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 2, 2007
It's rather wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 2, 2007
De Heer's indigenous action-comedy relies on its own puckishness a few times too many, but its tribute to the power of a well-spun yarn couldn't be more effective.
Read More | Original Score: 4/6
June 2, 2007
A richly layered folk-myth drama set among Australian Aborigine tribes in the Northern Territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 1, 2007
A rollicking good story set a millennium ago among Australian aborigines, Ten Canoes is one of those cultural-building exercises that genuinely entertains.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 1, 2007
It's not every director with a camera and curiosity about his fellow man who'd try a stunt like this. And it's not every viewer who'll be content just to watch and listen as the story slowly unfolds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 1, 2007
You've never seen anything like it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 1, 2007
Jokes about flatulence, human excrement and the size of someone's manhood also come into play, but they never cheapen this lush and enjoyable film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 1, 2007
Once you become accustomed to the mystical vocabulary describing a world without modern science and technology, it amounts to using different terms to describe universal experience.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 31, 2007
Flows like water, and has a deceptively gentle pull that proves hard to escape.
Read More | Original Score: B+
May 31, 2007
It's common enough to describe a film as being like no other you've ever seen but in this case it may literally be true.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 31, 2007
A fascinating immersion within a highly ritualized Stone Age oral culture that, at least according to tradition, existed almost unchanged for thousands of years before the European arrival.
April 23, 2007
The first feature in an Australian Aboriginal language feels authentic to the core as it tells a cautionary tale set 1,000 years ago.
October 30, 2006
Wise, warm, witty fare.
May 20, 2006
An enchanting fable rich in authenticity and shot through with unexpected humor.