Rabbit-Proof Fence
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Rabbit-Proof Fence
After directing a number of major motion pictures in the United States, Australian-born filmmaker Phillip Noyce returned home to make this remarkable adventure-drama, based on a true story as well as a lamentable period in his nation's history. When European settlers first arrived in Australia, there was an almost immediate conflict between the recent arrivals and the nation's indigenous people, whose rich cultural heritage which bore little resemblance to that of the Europeans. By the mid-19th century, when white settlers had gained political control of the continent, many aborigines… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Director Phillip] Noyce shows their awful, eventually uplifting journey without flinching, and the arid Australian wilderness is a co-star of the film."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"Searing dramatization of a story of remarkable courage, stamina and spirit."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Rabbit-Proof Fence aspires to epic status, but it's really more of a well-done genre film..."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, PopMatters
"Such an amazing true story leaves many opportunities for overblown melodrama, but Noyce's naturalistic restraint is what makes the film resonate so strongly."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"The grievous truth of what was done to these people, rather than for them, hits viewers hard in the film's unforgettable conclusion...."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Noyce trusts the power of the story to move us. He knows that, like the girls themselves, we'll find our way along Rabbit-Proof Fence."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Many movies claim to illuminate the human spirit, but Rabbit-Proof Fence actually delivers."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"strongest aspect rests with the educational value of its subject"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Child performances are allways a deal breaker, but Noyce coaxes great range and rage from his child stars. As they trek across the vast land, the camera never gets in the way of focussing its energies on the protagnonists."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Adotando uma estrutura narrativa extremamente simples, Noyce conta a história de forma envolvente e emocionante."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"It certainly has its moving moments."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"After making several commercial but impersonal actioners, Philip Noyce goes back to his Australian roots with this message film, which is powerful if also simplistic."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Powerful drama about racism ok for tweens and up."
‑ David Gurney, Common Sense Media
"Packs such an emotional wallop that it leaves you reeling...It may be one of the greatest movies ever made about the "white man's burden.""
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"There is value in bringing this dark passage in Australia's history to light."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
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