Mad Bastards
Mad Bastards (2011)

TJ's quest to find the son he's never known, takes him on a journey across the remote and stunning Kimberley landscape. On the road, TJ questions his life of violence... he meets a host of amazing characters who open up a way of… More

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Genre: Drama
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter

There's yearning as well as stubborn emotional isolation and anger in these characters, and any harshness in the observations of this richly satisfying film invariably is balanced by warmth.

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Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)

Mad Bastards is this year's Samson & Delilah; it bravely explores a host of hot-button issues with a deft blending of humour, sensitivity and often brutal frankness.

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Andrew Fuhrmann
Time Out Sydney

The story arc is a cringingly facile story of redemption which, but for the curious ghost of reality behind it, would have been pretty forgettable.

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Glenn Dunks
Onya Magazine

Fletcher has done a great job with Mad Bastards and should be especially commended for getting the performances out of these non-actors.

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Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

Thankfully, a resounding emphasis on authenticity and an infectiously motivated cast of amateurs carries this heartfelt drama across the line.

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Michelle Orange
sbs.com.au

The over-reliance on score sets up an avoidant rhythm that begins to feel like a lack of narrative confidence.

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Rod Yates
Empire Magazine Australasia

The Australian film renaissance continues in style.

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Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

Mad Bastards is simply Australia's most impressive film since Animal Kingdom.

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Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

The writer/director was Brendan Fletcher, it's his first feature and if there is a flaw with the film it is that the narrative is at times a bit confused. Despite that there's something very affecting about these Mad Bastards.

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