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In the aftermath of the shooting of five Australian journalists in East Timor, a curious sixth named Roger East (Anthony LaPaglia) is convinced by charismatic acquaintance Jose Romas-Horta, a man who would prove to have a bright and influential future, to investigate the incident. Balibo is a political thriller and true-crime story based on 1975's Balibo Five executions and an ensuing 30-year cover-up. ~ Jonathan Frey, Rovi

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"BALIBO is a gritty political thriller, based on a hardly spoken international incident which held strong repercussions in Australia, and is sure to hit a raw nerve upon its release."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Despite Balibo's structural instability, Connolly still manages to find plenty of poignancy and to gather an emotional head of steam"
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Despite [the] drawbacks, Balibo still tells a very powerful story, one that needed to be told."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"The occasional misstep does not blunt this gripping thriller's impact. Or its fierce anger."
‑ Anthony Morris, Empire Magazine Australasia
"...intriguing but problematic melodrama"
‑ Chris Barsanti, PopMatters
"Robert Connolly has made a brave and deeply disturbing film."
‑ Evan Williams, The Australian
"An incredible film with a well crafted script, beautiful cinematography and a touching story that exposes a deep anger and sorrow."
‑ Erin Free, FILMINK (Australia)
"The worst cliche in Australian cinema is that we have so many Australian stories that need to be told. Normally it is tripe. In the case of Balibo, they actually found one."
‑ Giles Hardie, Sydney Morning Herald
"This is as good as cinema gets - the story may be devastating but as a cinematic accomplishment, Balibo is something to be celebrated."
‑ Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy
"Balibo is a strong film, and Connolly's best to date. Despite the plaudits of many of my fellow critics, it's not a perfect film...but it's a bloody good one."
‑ Julie Rigg, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"What makes Balibo essential viewing is that, on top of its past and present political significance, it also happens to be one of the most captivating and thrilling films in years."
‑ Anders Wotzke, Moviedex
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