Evil Angels (A Cry in the Dark)
Evil Angels (A Cry in the Dark) (1988)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 21, 1999
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Streep's beauty and talent and director Fred Schepisi's intelligence are both shown to best advantage, without easy points or grandstanding.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Streep ... plays Lindy Chamberlain with the kind of virtuosity that seems to redefine the possibilities of screen acting.

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Nigel Floyd
Empire Magazine

The powerful performances and sharp script augment this revealing human drama.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Streep's performance is risky, and masterful.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Meryl Streep gives another stellar performance in this fact-based Australian drama about a working class woman accused of killing her daughter.

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Time Out

Streep (the best thing she has done in ages) carries it along.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

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.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Admirably off-putting performance by Streep in a reasonably involving Australian court drama.


Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
"The dingo's got my baby!" I can't recollect how I stumbled upon this flick. But besides the above quote, a few other things tempted me to… More
Mark Hobin
Absorbing true life drama about one of the most controversial murder cases in Australian history. Film's dissection of how the media shapes the… More
Jeremy Smith
Lindy Chamberlin: "The dingo took my baby!" words forever etched in the Australian cultural psyche. A great courtroom drama film and a terrific… More
Cherry Darling
"The dingo's got my baby!!!" :)
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castaņeda
A CRY IN THE DARK is an extremely well told, deeply involving drama. Director Fred Schepisi is excellent in the directors' seat, as is Meryl Streep in… More
Dean McKenna
Fine true storyof the media and legal constructions of the Chamberlain story. Meryl Streep makes good performance as Lindy Chamberlain in her debut Aussie film.