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The Snowtown Murders Reviews

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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
Is it the Aussie Gummo, or a true-crime drama that takes itself way too seriously? Can it be both simultaneously?
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 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?
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 26, 2012
Whatever one ends up thinking about The Snowtown Murders, it's difficult to deny that it's a deeply impressive work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 25, 2012
A cast of mostly local, mostly first-time film actors is chillingly convincing.
November 23, 2011
[U]niquely distressing... This is a hard movie to endure. It is hugely emotionally suspenseful, and all of the suspense is of the dreadful kind...
November 22, 2011
Layer in the realisation that what you are seeing actually happened and the result takes you beyond disturbing into that place where your skin starts to creep and your brain crawls into the foetal position.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 20, 2011
It's mesmerising in the way a snake mesmerises its prey before striking.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 20, 2011
It's the escalating sense of claustrophobia and dread that really crawls under the skin: with grimy visuals and a pulsating soundtrack proving particularly powerful in the by and large sensitively handled killing scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 20, 2011
Snowtown offers a bleak, brutal exploration of the way morality can be skewed and innocence corrupted by neglect, hardship ... and the presence of a charismatic psychopath.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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