Ten Canoes
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sometimes all it takes to bridge the chasm of eons is a little humor."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"It's worth putting up with the meandering story to see the aboriginal world shown from a fresh perspective."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A unique and entertaining blend of anthropology and cinema."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"A study of community and ritual, Ten Canoes celebrates as it contemplates, emphasizing the fact that this collection of stories, Gulpilil's story in its many layers, is seen."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, Nitrate Online
"... a top-flight example of cinematic storytelling ..."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Gulpilil is the canny, subtle and funny narrator of 10 Canoes, a film of unutterable beauty, hypnotic fascination and universal humanity."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"Audacious and impressive, but challenging work, requiring steadfast concentration."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"The fable is a fascinating ethnographic document that satisfies just like any well told story."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"As much an anthropology exercise as a cinematic experience, the Australian Ten Canoes goes back nearly a millennium to immerse us in the lives of the Aborigines who survived on the land centuries before the arrival of Europeans."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"It is rare that film can transport its audience to a strange, unfamiliar, yet entrancing world. Ten Canoes, an Australian movie that tells an ancient Yolngu tale, presents such an extraordinary experience."
‑ Emily S. Mendel, culturevulture.net
"Parts of that narrative are surprisingly frank and irreverent."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Ten Canoes is a celebration of the art of storytelling, and of the power of stories to transcend all barriers of space, time and language. This is a movie with sheer magic in it."
‑ Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
"Really a fairly amazing achievement: an engrossing, witty cultural document that doesn't feel staid in the least. All this, plus spear fights."
‑ Andrew Wright, The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
"A new and different kind of cinematic mythmaking."
‑ Josh Rosenblatt, Austin Chronicle
"A wonderful celebration of storytelling that should translate to any audience in any world."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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