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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.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 9, 2014
Blends staged re-enactments with documentary footage of senseless slaughter to extremely distressing effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
March 7, 2014
Forms a neatly symmetrical, perfectly Kafkaesque narrative. This way madness lies . . .
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
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
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.
March 3, 2014
Shocking, credible and hard to forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 14, 2014
Few films were ever so bright and so dark at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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-
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.
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
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
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...
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