Evil Angels (A Cry in the Dark)
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Evil Angels (A Cry in the Dark)
A barely recognizable Meryl Streep plays the real-life Lindy Chamberlain, who for a long period in the early '80s was the most hated woman in Australia. While visiting the Ayers rock monument in the Outback with her husband, Michael (Sam Neill), Lindy notices a dingo creeping into the tent where her baby lies sleeping. Seconds later, the horrified woman discovers that her child is gone. Despite Lindy's anguished insistence that the dingo killed her baby, the Australian public is of the opinion that Lindy herself is the murderer. This lynch-mob atmosphere is fueled by the press, which… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Streep's beauty and talent and director Fred Schepisi's intelligence are both shown to best advantage, without easy points or grandstanding."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Streep ... plays Lindy Chamberlain with the kind of virtuosity that seems to redefine the possibilities of screen acting."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"The powerful performances and sharp script augment this revealing human drama."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Empire Magazine
"Remarkably even-handed; Streep's much-touted performance distracts."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"'Set in Australia, a couple is hurled into the media spotlight, unsuspecting of its power to twist the truth overnight. Streep proves she is a towering inferno of an actress.'"
‑ Moira Sullivan, FilmFestivals.com
"Streep and Neill are the film's perfectly matched thoroughbreds. But the film is neither a double star turn nor the best kind of courtroom drama; it is a sort of epic mosaic of national character."
‑ Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times
"Streep's performance is risky, and masterful."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Meryl Streep gives another stellar performance in this fact-based Australian drama about a working class woman accused of killing her daughter."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Streep is a sensation....haunting stuff"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Another in the endless stream of self-conscious Streepian dialect dramas."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Streep (the best thing she has done in ages) carries it along."
‑ , Time Out
"Streep -- yes, with another perfect accent -- brings her customary skillfulness to the part. It's not a showy performance, but the heroine's internal struggle seems to come from the actress' pores."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Admirably off-putting performance by Streep in a reasonably involving Australian court drama."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"A poignant family-in-crisis drama aided by spectacular performances from Streep and Neill."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Streep and Schepisi save it from being TV-movie material."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
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