Reviews

Aug 10, 2021
The Nightingale proves to be a powerful study of survival, rather than the trauma itself.
May 18, 2021
The most shocking film of the year.
Jan 29, 2021
[The Nightingale]holds a darkly sober mirror that reflects the horrors of colonialism, racism, and misogyny.
Nov 27, 2020
"An unflinchingly violent film that is not able to tackle its politics about gender, race and violence in a nuanced way. Brutal from beginning to end but never left satisfyingly avenged."
Nov 21, 2020
The film cinematically captures the harsh elements of Tasmania and Clare's every emotion while the script splays open the traumas of these injustices from which only the most resilient can recover.
Oct 27, 2020
[Baykali Ganambarr's] performance... will tear you apart.
Oct 2, 2020
The film even nearly falters because of its great emphasis on gratuitous violence. However, there are still some high points to be found.
Aug 28, 2020
A very beautiful and compellingly told tale of a dark history, delivered with a sense of fury and anger that more than makes it searing and distinctive. Yet, in its rage, it threatens to lose sight of its audience.
Aug 4, 2020
Filmmaker Jennifer Kent delivers a gritty, unflinching portrait of the Australian outback that's certainly quite compelling throughout...
Jul 27, 2020
With a precise execution, Kent conceives a gripping and moving suspense film that, as a tale of revenge, addresses topics on violence against women and the corollaries of racism fabricated by the most implacable colonialism. [Full review in Spanish]
Jul 13, 2020
The Nightingale strips back all varieties of artifice and fantasy, striving to represent a notoriously brutal period in Australia's colonial past as realistically as possible.
May 25, 2020
It's a compelling movie but Kent's vision is too brutal. I couldn't get past its violent nature to digest the historic approach. [Full review in Spanish].
May 22, 2020
It is an extremely difficult film to watch. It's quite a smart film [...] and Jennifer Kent's direction is very accomplished. But I do think it's a legitimate question to ask whether [the brutality] is pushed a little too far.
Apr 3, 2020
The Nightingale is disturbingly upfront about what it wants to show you, but frustratingly elusive about what it might be wanting to say.
Mar 10, 2020
Kent's deglamorized, relentlessly unpleasant depiction of suffering couldn't be further from the adolescent glee of Tarantino's films. Still, there's something vaguely two-faced about Kent's revenge narrative.
Feb 15, 2020
Its unrelenting (and repetitive) brutality is tough to stomach and, for some, will stumble over into exploitation territory (at heart, this is a revenge thriller from the 1970s).
Feb 6, 2020
It's unapologetic in the way Kent confronts the troubled past of her own country, although the equating of the abuse of white women to the near-massacre of entire race of people has continued to trouble this writer some days after viewing.
Jan 24, 2020
If anything, The Nightingale is proof that humans have always had the capacity to horribly oppressed others and deny them their rights in order to feel superior -- a world that still lacks justice for all.
Jan 18, 2020
Just as it's unflinching in its portrayal of sexual assault and violence, so too is The Nightingale honest about the idea of revenge.
Jan 17, 2020
[T]here's a sick serenity to The Nightingale at its heart, sinking into a sea of grey areas only to burst out the other end.