The Year of Living Dangerously (1983) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Year of Living Dangerously (1983)

The Year of Living Dangerously (1983)




Critic Consensus: Both a smart, suspenseful tale of intrigue and a sweeping romance, The Year of Living Dangerously features excellent performances from Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver as a pair of journalists covering political unrest in Indonesia.

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Mel Gibson stars in this period political thriller directed by Peter Weir. Set in Indonesia during the 1965 coup against President Sukarno, the film stars Gibson as Guy Hamilton, an Australian wire-service reporter covering the scene. Whenever Hamilton becomes too glib or indifferent for his own good, he is brought back to earth by his "conscience," photographer Billy Kwan (played in male drag by diminutive actress Linda Hunt, who won an Academy Award for her performance). As all of Jakarta sinks into disarray, Hamilton pursues a romance with British attaché Jill Bryant (Sigourney Weaver). Filmed on location in the Philippines and Australia, the film was financed by MGM, in the first such American-Australian financial collaboration. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for The Year of Living Dangerously

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (4)

[A] grievously flawed yet compelling tale of political intrigue, certainly a triumph of atmosphere if not of coherent dramatization.

August 4, 2015 | Full Review…

Weir and his crew expertly recreate the squalor, poverty, noise, heat and emotion of the pressure cooker that was Indonesia in 1965.

July 7, 2010 | Full Review…

A curiously languid affair, rather than the breathless Costa-Gavras-style thriller which was the least one might have expected from this kind of material.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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A good, romantic melodrama that suffers more than most good, romantic melodramas in not being much better than it is.

May 20, 2003 | Full Review…

Its flaws are unmistakable and some of its beats a little bit rote, but this is much more daunting and daring than it appears, maybe even more than it realises.

January 2, 2016 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

A young Mel Gibson anchors a fascinating look at the life of a journalist looking for the great war-era news story.

August 15, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Year of Living Dangerously


Good movie, great performances. Well worth watching if you're into a good of fashion political thriller with shades of romance and tragedy.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


Beautifully shot but the storyline is a bit unsatisfying. It is nice to see two powerhouse actors in the same film though.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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Intense, finely made film. Gibson is very good in this, made before he become a blowhearted parody of himself. Linda Hunt is great in her oscar winning part and sigourney weaver is fine as always in a less showy role.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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