Wake in Fright Reviews

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March 19, 2020
[Has some] fine photography of the Australian wilds, but also veers into melodrama.
March 19, 2020
[It] will will not please the Australian Tourist Board. It may not even please Australians. But it ranks, along with Nicholas Roeg's Walkabout, as the most impressive piece of special pleading about the country I've seen.
March 19, 2020
It's a remarkable film and I'm not at all happy with it.
March 19, 2020
Perhaps it will be argued that [its intention] is to excite disgust with crudeness, to invite us... to recognise a general tough goodwill which teaches the visitor to know his own weaknesses Maybe. Myself I find that the film excites disgust, period.
August 5, 2019
Captures a dusty, sweaty Australia, equal parts friendly and terrifying.
April 12, 2018
John Grant is absolutely note-perfect as the stiff-upper-lipped Englishman stranded in an environment that he couldn't be any further removed from.
March 6, 2018
Wake In Fright gets beneath Australia's skin and stares into a dark heart that was hidden beneath the ochre dust and boozy bonhomie. One of the greatest Aussie films of all time.
January 12, 2018
Wake in Fright deserves to occupy a place next to Lord of the Flies and Heart of Darkness, all of them stories that force us to observe the veil, so thin, that separates civilization from barbarism. [Full review in Spanish]
August 22, 2017
So, it's a good film and an important one, but it's no walk in the park despite a fair number of funny lines
April 8, 2017
"Wake In Fright" is a masterpiece of energized social satire.
May 3, 2015
This movie gets under your skin.
March 12, 2014
Wake in Fright is an absolute must-see for fans of cult, off-kilter cinema.
March 9, 2014
Blends staged re-enactments with documentary footage of senseless slaughter to extremely distressing effect.
March 7, 2014
Brilliantly directed by Kotcheff, the film has the disorienting and menacing quality of Joseph Losey films such as Accident and The Servant.
March 7, 2014
It presents a world in which refusing a pint has violent consequences, high spirits quickly curdle, and an unspoken homoerotic undertow gets ever more disturbing.
March 7, 2014
Forms a neatly symmetrical, perfectly Kafkaesque narrative. This way madness lies . . .
March 7, 2014
derives its brand of feral menace not from monsters, masked killers, or any of the other avatars of conventional horror, but rather from a sober-eyed perspective on a society reeling under the malign influence of its own basest impulses.
March 6, 2014
There is queasy undercurrent of sentimental kindness and indulgence beneath the violence.
March 6, 2014
Perhaps slightly schematic in charting the descent of man, but it induces a sweat that's hard to wash off.
March 6, 2014
The kindness of strangers has never seemed more terrifying than in this dusty, sun-bleached masterpiece, now stunningly restored.
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