The Tracker Reviews

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March 4, 2005
A high-minded film that at times verges on didacticism, The Tracker is redeemed by its adherence to a simple yet distinctive approach to storytelling and its uniformly strong acting.
March 3, 2005
An imposing film that tackles a serious theme with dignity and even audacity and that features production values of the highest quality.
March 3, 2005
An engrossing study of race and history in Australia.
March 19, 2004
See the film mainly for the quiet and powerful work of Gulpilil in the title role.
January 30, 2004
The Tracker is one of those rare films that deserves to be called haunting.
January 27, 2004
The Tracker has the punch of a good Western with a clean and direct script plus an adventurous use of songs and folk paintings.
December 6, 2005
October 14, 2005
strangely awkward in terms of film pacing
June 1, 2005
[T]he film emphasizes its fable qualities and sets the stage for its moral structure, which hinges on the merging of power and racism and the possibility of resistance.
March 7, 2005
[D]rags you across acres of despair, a harsh landscape of the angry, terrified side of human nature...
March 4, 2005
De Heer doesn't want the violence to distract from the sadness and the substance of the movie's mythic history lesson. It's an inventive idea, one that probably doomed the movie's commercial prospects here in the States.
February 24, 2005
The Tracker is the first significant movie to find its way into American theaters in 2005.
February 19, 2005
Specially composed songs makes the study of men driven by primitive cruelty and ruthless justice something of a tone poem.
May 13, 2004
Combines a classic movie-Western setting and narrative with a Heart of Darkness-like morality play.
April 9, 2004
Interspersed with moments of great suspense, the tragic cat-and-mouse survival adventure overshadows the heavy-handed didacticism.
February 26, 2004
Too often, The Tracker explains when it would be better to suggest.
February 7, 2004
An obvious, hot-coal piece of politically correct agitprop.
January 20, 2004
Has the same cinematic grandeur that people admire about John Ford's classic 'The Searchers' without that film's racist reflexes. It's mythmaking of a much higher caliber.
January 16, 2004
The film's bleakly inevitable ending packs a wallop and its hauntingly desolate images linger long after the story is told.
January 16, 2004
An engrossing drama.
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