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The Snowtown Murders Reviews

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November 8, 2011
It's a world where few deserve trust and fewer still make good on it.
May 16, 2011
It's technically proficient, and succeeds in creating a perverse atmosphere, but it doesn't create a world that you'll want to inhabit for very long.
May 9, 2011
A mildly intriguing, yet ultimately detached and pitiless portrait of psychopathy.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 28, 2012
A dull thriller of ultra-bleak withholding.
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
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.
March 2, 2012
Overlong and grim to the point where some scenes are virtually unwatchable...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 19, 2011
However disquieting the film (based on the story of Australia's worst serial killer, John Bunting), it's also - inconveniently - awfully boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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 23, 2012
The result is a movie that can be admired in many respects from a distance but is progressively less emotionally engaging.
March 9, 2012
Observing the character's regular and repeated acts of cruelty becomes numbing after awhile.
February 28, 2019
A truly effective film that will stay with you long after the credits roll.
November 20, 2011
It's mesmerising in the way a snake mesmerises its prey before striking.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 4, 2018
If you can mentally prepare yourself for the harrowing tale at the heart of this emotionally devastatingly drama, you'll discover a beautifully-filmed horror story, far more psychologically affecting that anything else you'll see this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
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
November 17, 2011
Thought provoking, but leeringly nasty and deeply unsettling. This is one that will linger with you for days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
May 20, 2011
Definitely, and defiantly, Australia's Next Great Film, and the scariest it has ever produced.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
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