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The Snowtown Murders Reviews

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October 4, 2017
The pure terror of rural mundaneness and geographical remoteness turning savage and deadly is ultimately the most stirring and chilling notion presented by Snowtown.
November 16, 2013
I did not know this film was based on a true story until the closing credits, which makes this story so much more terrifying. Director Justin Kurzel crafted a raw feel that will leave you slack-jawed.
September 28, 2012
Unflinchingly nasty, graphic and gut-wrenchingly powerful, Snowtown is a film that dares you to look away, but compels you to keep watching. As portraits of serial killers go, this deserves to be hung on the wall next to Henry.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 19, 2012
The grimy social realism and gurgling torture scenes place director Justin Kurzel's startling debut midway between Animal Kingdom and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 15, 2012
Your appreciation of this Australian horror movie will depend on whether you think its artistry justifies its unrelenting ugliness.
March 15, 2012
The film is a chilling study of an evil, dominant personality and his victims.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 12, 2012
It has no particular observations about the mind of psychopaths that is worth the incredibly nasty feeling you get from sitting through its incredibly grim two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
March 12, 2012
Is it the Aussie Gummo, or a true-crime drama that takes itself way too seriously? Can it be both simultaneously?
March 9, 2012
Observing the character's regular and repeated acts of cruelty becomes numbing after awhile.
March 9, 2012
Although it builds quiet, thick suspense and lacks the bravado and sensationalism of most films of the genre, that doesn't always work to its advantage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 2, 2012
Overlong and grim to the point where some scenes are virtually unwatchable...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 1, 2012
An impressive but exceptionally disturbing feature debut from Australian director Justin Kurzel that pushes the new wave of Aussie crime films up a notch.
March 1, 2012
This distressing infiltration of a family of young boys by a charismatic psychopath rewards with a stylistic talent that feels entirely new.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 1, 2012
the ghastly glee of The Snowtown Murders comes not in the kills, but in the stalking of one's true prey.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
March 1, 2012
Though many will be put off by the elliptical style of this clammy, feral drama about Australia's most infamous serial killer, Daniel Henshall's jaw-droppingly malevolent performance will reward all those who seek it out.
March 1, 2012
The Snowtown Murders builds into a multipronged horror effort in which the torture and murder on-screen are matched by the psychologically convincing disintegration of a previously sympathetic protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
March 1, 2012
What is it with first-time Australian filmmakers and ultraviolent true-crime movies about thuggish underclass families?
Read More | Original Score: B-
February 29, 2012
A movie that heaps so much dank atmosphere on its suburbanites, you can't help but sigh with relief when events turn to serial killing (finally?).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 28, 2012
A dull thriller of ultra-bleak withholding.
February 28, 2012
In spite of the inherently interesting subject matter and psychological dynamics explored, there is little in the way of suspense. I was intermittently bored throughout.
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