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Wake in Fright Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
This movie gets under your skin.
Adam Lowes
March 12, 2014
Wake in Fright is an absolute must-see for fans of cult, off-kilter cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
March 9, 2014
Blends staged re-enactments with documentary footage of senseless slaughter to extremely distressing effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
March 7, 2014
Forms a neatly symmetrical, perfectly Kafkaesque narrative. This way madness lies . . .
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Anton Bitel
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.
Peter Bradshaw
March 6, 2014
There is queasy undercurrent of sentimental kindness and indulgence beneath the violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
March 6, 2014
Perhaps slightly schematic in charting the descent of man, but it induces a sweat that's hard to wash off.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Lewis Porteous
The Skinny
March 6, 2014
The kindness of strangers has never seemed more terrifying than in this dusty, sun-bleached masterpiece, now stunningly restored.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Mark Stafford
Electric Sheep
March 4, 2014
Throughout we feel like we are watching a real world, with the extensive use of real locations and real outback dwellers, where none of the professional actors breaks the spell.
Philip Kemp
Total Film
March 3, 2014
Shocking, credible and hard to forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Hannah McGill
The List
February 14, 2014
Few films were ever so bright and so dark at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Glenn Dunks
Onya Magazine
October 17, 2013
If you have any interest whatsoever in discovering the true classics of Australian cinema, there are far worse places you could start than with Wake in Fright.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Anton Bitel
Grolsch Film Works
September 6, 2013
Like the majestic camera movement with which it opens, Wake In Fright is a film that travels in slow, inexorable circles, presenting its paranoid nightmare of entrapment as Kafka down under.
Jay Stone
June 27, 2013
The movie is a combination of existential horror story (a man winds up in a small-town hell and can't leave) and an examination of male violence and the ease with which men can fall into it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Anderson
The Grid
March 28, 2013
This tale of sun-baked savagery has lost little of its audacity or ferocity while it languished unseen.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
March 24, 2013
The raw, sweaty 1971 film is not a pretty portrayal of life in the outback, where men are crude, hard-drinking mates with no ambition beyond rough-house fun...
Brian Orndorf
December 13, 2012
Brutal, but in a deceptively causal manner, Wake in Fright submits one the sharpest depictions of Outback life I've come into contact with, imagining the vast land as a sun-baked prison from which there is no escape.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 13, 2012
A movie that shows us plenty of unsettling stuff but also knows that what viewers imagine is much more disturbing than what any movie can show.
| Original Score: 3/4
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