The Nightingale


The Nightingale

Critics Consensus

The Nightingale definitely isn't for all tastes, but writer-director Jennifer Kent taps into a rich vein of palpable rage to tell a war story that leaves a bruising impact.



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Average Rating: 3.6/5

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1825. Clare, a young Irish convictwoman, chases a British officer through the Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way she enlists the services of Aboriginal tracker Billy, who is marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.


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  • Both a canny fulfillment and a skillful subversion of the conventions of the revenge thriller, the picture becomes a touch overextended in its final stretches but is nonetheless sustained by the coherence and intense muscularity of its filmmaking.

    Jan 31, 2019 | Full Review…
  • [A] ceaseless, numbing brutality-a Western revenge yarn of such heightened cruelty and suffering that it basically demands to be read as allegory.

    Jan 27, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    A.A. Dowd

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  • It's a devastating, uncomfortable watch. But there's a sense that The Nightingale needs to be exactly the film it is, bubbling with completely justified anger and pain.

    Jan 26, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Vacuum-packing a nonstop supply of rapes, deaths and beatings into more than two hours is needlessly punishing, and comes at the expense of character and story

    Jan 26, 2019 | Full Review…
  • If The Nightingale doesn't quite fulfil the high expectations for Kent's sophomore feature, it still shows a director with a muscular handle on her craft, though in this case she could have used a script collaborator to address the weaknesses.

    Sep 6, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The Nightingale can be wearingly repetitive, making a point, making it again and making it once more for good measure, each time with the same sleepy whisper. Still, it's a noble effort.

    Sep 6, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Ben Croll

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