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The Snowtown Murders Reviews

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Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
November 8, 2011
It's a world where few deserve trust and fewer still make good on it.
Joshua Blackman
FILMINK (Australia)
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.
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex
May 9, 2011
A mildly intriguing, yet ultimately detached and pitiless portrait of psychopathy.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
February 28, 2012
A dull thriller of ultra-bleak withholding.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
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.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 2, 2012
Overlong and grim to the point where some scenes are virtually unwatchable...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
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
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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
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Richard Kuipers
Variety
February 23, 2012
The result is a movie that can be admired in many respects from a distance but is progressively less emotionally engaging.
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
March 9, 2012
Observing the character's regular and repeated acts of cruelty becomes numbing after awhile.
Chase Whale
ChaseWhale.com
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.
Tara Brady
Irish Times
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
Paul Weedon
Little White Lies
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
Grae Drake
Movies.com
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
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
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
Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine
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
Shaun Munro
What Culture
October 17, 2011
This grim Aussie thriller derives unnerving power from the unspoken truths during tense silences, ominously closing doors that seal fates, and the disturbing banality of evil.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 17, 2011
This oppressive account is one of the most effective and uncompromising horrors of human essence of recent years - a powerful testament to the talents of all involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Clem Bastow
The Vine
May 16, 2011
An incredible piece of cinema and a devastating, poetic work of storytelling, Snowtown is unmissable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist
March 2, 2012
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