The Snowtown Murders Reviews

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July 24, 2019
If you liked William Friedkin's Killer Joe, then this film is loosely similar, revealing how an economically and morally deprived area can fall prey to a Faustian figure.
February 28, 2019
A truly effective film that will stay with you long after the credits roll.
February 6, 2019
If, however, you want to know how violence, intimidation and prejudice can thrive unchecked for a very long time, The Snowtown Murders is here to show you in tragically credible terms.
December 5, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 1, 2012
the ghastly glee of The Snowtown Murders comes not in the kills, but in the stalking of one's true prey.
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.
March 1, 2012
What is it with first-time Australian filmmakers and ultraviolent true-crime movies about thuggish underclass families?
February 26, 2012
Whatever one ends up thinking about The Snowtown Murders, it's difficult to deny that it's a deeply impressive work.
February 25, 2012
A cast of mostly local, mostly first-time film actors is chillingly convincing.
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