Animal Kingdom
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A youngster is given an inside look at a criminal empire that also happens to be his family in this independent drama. Teenage Joshua Cody (James Frecheville) is suddenly on his own after his mother's drug habit catches up with her, and he's taken in by his grandmother Smurf (Jacki Weaver), usually regarded as the black sheep of the family. Joshua quickly learns Smurf's reputation is well deserved; she and her four sons are members of a mid-level crime syndicate that operates out of her home in Melbourne. Baz (Joel Edgerton) looks after the money and is urging Smurf to move into… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's not unique, but as a distillation of a well-worn genre, it's admirable."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Dark and mesmerizing."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"...the sort of movie that one admires more than one enjoys..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Ben Mendelsohn steals the show. This man portrayed the most subtle creep I've seen on film in years. Animal Kingdom is a must see."
‑ Chase Whale, Gordon and the Whale
"Just as the protagonist announces from the outset that crime doesn't pay, in Animal Kingdom grime doesn't play."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"The film establishes a menacing, unsparing mood that never wavers."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"It's a remarkable film: gritty, gut-churning, thrillingly acted."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Seldom is a debut feature handled with such assurance and intelligence"
‑ Laura Kern, Film Comment Magazine
"Gets under your skin and in your head."
‑ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"A diverting conceptual fictional crime family pic."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The naturalistic style Michod employs adds to the sense of dread. Is there no way out of this existence? To whom would it appeal?"
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Writer-director David Michod creates a densely textured moral universe that makes good on his metaphoric title."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Seldom is a debut feature handled with such assurance and intelligence"
‑ Violet Lucca, Film Comment Magazine
"Animal Kingdom is frequently shocking - not just because it makes Air Supply's 'I'm All Out Of Love' sound cool."
‑ Ali Gray, TheShiznit.co.uk
"An intimate portrait of a criminal family that resembles the Mafia in virtually no way."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
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