Picnic at Hanging Rock
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Peter Weir's haunting and evocative mystery is set in the Australia of 1900, a mystical place where the British have attempted to impose their Christian culture with such tweedy refinements as a girls' boarding school. After gauzily-photographed, nicely underplayed scenes of the girls' budding sexuality being restrained in Victorian corsets, the uptight headmistress (Rachel Roberts) takes them on a Valentine's Day picnic into the countryside, and several of the girls, led by the lovely Miranda (Anne Lambert) decide to explore a nearby volcanic rock formation. It's a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Spottily effective."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The story provides Mr. Weir with material for a kind of Australian horror-romance that recalls Nathaniel Hawthorne's preoccupation with the spiritual and moral heritage of his own New England landscape."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Eerie, haunting film hints at violence and sexuality."
‑ Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
"It's all pretty overheated and underexplained but this arty, vague, and possibly supernatural movie lingers on in the memory."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Visually appealing."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"This horrific tale is told with marvelous shadowy indirection and delicate lyricism."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"A film of haunting mystery and buried sexual hysteria."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A poetic and enigmatic drama that's a classic of Australian cinema."
‑ , Film4
"Etched into the Australian consciousness and an iconic film that helps buttress Australian cinema in its claim to international standing"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"[An] unsettling, atmospheric film."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"The result is little more than a discreetly artistic horror film."
‑ , Time Out
"One of the most hauntingly beautiful mysteries ever created on film."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"By turns fascinating and mysterious."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"Sem conseguir criar muito clima de suspense ou mistério, Weir depende da recriação das buscas e de uma subtrama envolvendo uma aluna pobre. Ritmo lento, roteiro fraco."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"A masterpiece of eerie atmosphere"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
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