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This Australian drama is based on the life and times of Mark "Chopper" Read, a notorious Aussie criminal who went on to become a best-selling author, publishing nine books about his exploits outside the law. In 1978, Chopper (played by Eric Bana) is serving a 16-year sentence for abducting a judge who was overseeing the trial of his best friend Jimmy (Simon Lyndon). Jimmy and Chopper end up sharing a cell, along with Keithy George (David Field), a crime boss; when a disagreement between Keithy and Chopper escalates into violence, Chopper kills Keithy, leading to retribution from the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The fact that Chopper is so engrossing and effective stems from the powerful performance of Eric Bana."
‑ Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
"You cannot look away from him. The performance is so . . . strange."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Regardless of the credibility of Read's exploits, Andrew Dominick has crafted a film that plunges his audience into the depths of Australia's criminal underworld."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"there is an unexpected melancholy that raises this film . . . into the ranks of a classic tragedy"
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
"At first it's shocking. For a while it's grimly amusing. After that it gets simply repetitive."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Chopper plays like a nonfuturistic A Clockwork Orange."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"The ways Read twists and embellishes the truth become progressively less interesting."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"The script for the film is taught, telling the story quickly and with fresh and funny dialogue."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"A slickly done fictionalized biopic with an explosive character giving an entertaining performance, and it's nothing more than that."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
""tough, provocative and challenging.""
‑ Mark Freeman, Critical Eye
"It's a great style, it's a fabulous performance, but it never quite finds what it's searching for."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Bana radiates the sort of warped charisma that explains how an ultraviolent convict could capture the public's imagination."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Apesar de soar incompleto, o filme jamais deixa de fascinar graças à atuação magistral de Eric Bana - que, em vários momentos, me fez lembrar do jovem Robert De Niro."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Worth seeing simply as a flamboyant cinematic exercise that explores the possibilities of the medium in ways you won't have experienced before."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"The film is really much ado about very little because it takes no stand and gives little insight into the Chopper's psyche , all while too carefully catering to his machinated media image."
‑ Paula Nechak, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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