The Dry Reviews

February 23, 2021
While little here eschews genre conventions, Bana's weathered performance and striking work by DoP Stefan Duscio ensure that this is a gripping-enough watch, even as it ticks a torrent of familiar boxes.
February 19, 2021
It's clearly stitched together from familiar elements - not just regarding its central character, but throughout the entire narrative - but this tale of grief, guilt, secrets, stark truths, dusty fields and emotional desolation finds a way to resonate.
February 1, 2021
It's the complexity of the characters that holds our attention while the story proceeds in almost laconic fashion.
January 22, 2021
The barren earth surrounding a drought-stricken Aussie town provides fertile ground for mystery, suspense and punchy emotional drama in "The Dry."
January 18, 2021
The film does a fine job of capturing what makes the original story so strong, and the few flaws don't detract.
January 12, 2021
Bana's taut lead performance is an apt match for the film's haunted spirit
January 8, 2021
Bana back on home turf delivering another cracking turn against such an intrinsically atmospheric Australian backdrop is worth the ticket price alone.
January 8, 2021
The Dry frustrated me because it felt like an each-way bet: it has a go at both moody psychodrama and mystery narrative, but not emphatically enough to really satisfy on either ground. ... I found myself wishing for more...
December 31, 2020
The Dry is a film that perfectly encapsulates what gritty Australian storytelling should be,
December 31, 2020
There's just enough mystery and intrigue lingering at every begrimed frame of The Dry to keep the audience invested as its parallel secrets slowly unspool.
December 31, 2020
Fans of the murder-mystery genre will get their fill and then some in Robert Connolly's beautifully shot outback opus that offers two captivating whodunits for the price of one...brims with top performances, great cinematography and a tense atmosphere.
December 30, 2020
Director Robert Connolly's adaptation is a very gripping and polished film, commandingly performed and directed, with an airtight sense of tonal cohesiveness...
December 30, 2020
If you enjoyed Harper's book, you'll be very pleased with this faithful, gripping screen adaptation. If you haven't read the book, Connolly's film can be warmly recommended...
December 30, 2020
The plotting is tight and, of course, the town is full of dodgy dirtbags played by good actors with interesting faces ... fans of the genre will find this very solid film way more than acceptable.
December 28, 2020
Literally and metaphorically adhering to a tinderbox mentality, The Dry is neatly paced, smartly written, and consistently engrossing.
December 26, 2020
The Dry is a wonderful addition to the canon of Australian cinema.
December 18, 2020
An engrossing, smartly written and nicely paced thriller on a low burn.