Samson and Delilah
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Samson and Delilah live in an isolated community in the Central Australian desert. When tragedy strikes, they are forced to leave home and embark on a journey of survival.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This lovely, aching film opts for romance in the face of modern ruin."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"How do you know you're looking at a pretty good piece of filmmaking? When the director and actors can make you care about the central characters even though they exchange almost no dialogue."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"One of the great political films, masked as one of the best personal films, of 21st-century cinema. For all its unsparing, quietly condemning look at Australia's treatment of Aborigines today, it ends on a grace note of devotion and tender care."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"There's little dialogue in Samson and Delilah and the film has a gritty, sun-baked poeticism to it."
‑ Beth Accomando,
"A poetic, tender and unflinchingly real love story. Its powerful visuals, music and raw, captivating performances will leave you feeling deeply moved."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"This sterling 2009 debut by Warwick Thornton is harrowing and tragic but has a stoic, stately realism that elevates the material way above victim politics."
‑ Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader
"Pitched somewhere between City Of God and the Dardenne brothers, Samson And Delilah is unsparing in its brutal vision of the world."
‑ Sam Adams, AV Club
"Director Warwick Thornton's artistic choices alienated me as viewer and made me pray for the end."
‑ Adam Ross, The Aristocrat
"Thornton's grip on familiar narrative tropes comes to more and more resemble a choke-hold up until the film's lovely final moments"
‑ Chris Cabin,
"The actors succeed at portraying a couple whose bond is strong enough to not require words."
‑ Ethan Alter, NYC Film Critic
"The film may be hard as hell to watch, but it's even harder to look away from."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Thornton's modest little story about two indigenous teens had been hailed as ground zero for a glorious new wave in Australian cinema. For once, the hyperbole seems justified..."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Spare and beautiful, Samson & Delilah gives viewers a peephole into two characters' struggle in a corner of the earth not visited enough on film."
‑ Sarah Sluis, Film Journal International
"Thornton isn't concerned about filling in the lines, requiring viewers to make the connections for themselves. The film is all the more engaging for it."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Moving Pictures Magazine
"A unstinting look at the social outcasts of Australian society made by a member of aboriginal society, its grim narrative punctuated by off-kilter humor in a minimalist style."
‑ Louis Proyect,
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