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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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"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
"Gorgeously shot and carefully paced, Weir's Hanging Rock has a dreamlike quality that sets it apart even among his fellow Australian New Wavers."
‑ Austin Trunick, Under the Radar
"A beautiful, mysterious movie."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"By turns fascinating and mysterious."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"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
"an evocative, impressionistic masterwork"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"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
"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
"Picnic At Hanging Rock is determined to keep its secrets to itself. Yet it's as beguiling as films come."
‑ Keith Phipps, The Dissolve
"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
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