Romper Stomper
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This controversial drama (which earned an NC-17 rating in the U.S.) was a major box-office success in its native Australia, and it made an overnight star of its leading man, Russell Crowe. Hando (Crowe) is a member of a gang of racist skinheads who lash out with violence against the growing number of Asian immigrants settling in the country. While Hando and his partner Davey (Daniel Pollock) lead a bunch of brutal, half-bright thugs, they have convinced themselves that what they do is the noble work of saving Australia for Australians (or at least the white Australians who drove the aborigines… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Romper Stomper is A Clockwork Orange without the intellect."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It's merely another violent art house picture, slumming modishly in the world of psycho-personalities, and exhibiting only occasional flashes of originality."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Crowe first shows his star quality"
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"The film [has] a raw, sometimes discomfiting immediacy... The cast attacks their roles with matching intensity."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"At times very powerful and thought-provoking film, but this impression might be diluted with some of less fortunate creative decisions."
‑ Dragan Antulov, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"The cheap 'message' of the ending fails to salvage a film that at best is well-meant but misguided, at worst, flashy and garbled."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Crowe is powerful and terrifying, and the erotic chemistry between Pollock and McKenzie is no less intense and enriched by strong performances by both."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Given his formidable presence and equal talent, it was only a matter of time before New Zealand-born, Australian-raised Russell Crowe made the mainstream American breakthrough he enjoyed with Gladiator."
‑ Michael Dequina, Film Threat
"I like to think of it as a fury-filled documentary on how hate is not just an American preoccupation. Remember, this is the way things are -- deal with it."
‑ Patrick Byrne, Apollo Guide
"Crowe leaps off the screen as a star in the making."
‑ Scott Renshaw, Apollo Guide
"Exploits the frustration, anger and violence of a despicable subculture while excusing the glorification of its hate aesthetic as necessary "reporting.""
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"For all the dynamism and drive, the film walks a fine line between exposure and outright exploitation -- wherein lies much of its appeal."
‑ , Film4
"Romper Stomper is a convincing depiction of subculture, and one that dares to present these figures as real, troubled individuals rather than stereotypes."
‑ Matt McAllister, Future Movies UK
"Brutal but powerful."
‑ Stephen Farber, Movieline
"Perhaps writer-director Geoffrey Wright meant to show this motley crew as doomed from the start, but this obvious dead-end attitude also makes the group's repulsive antics all the more predictable."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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