The Snowtown Murders
The Snowtown Murders (2012)

When 16 year-old Jamie is introduced to a charismatic man, a friendship begins. As the relationship grows so does Jamie's suspicions, until he finds his world threatened by both his loyalty for, and fear of his newfound father figure,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 14, 2012
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's a bleak and brutal endurance test, but for viewers with the strength and patience to make it to the end, Snowtown will prove an uncommonly powerful viewing experience.

Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

Your appreciation of this Australian horror movie will depend on whether you think its artistry justifies its unrelenting ugliness.

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Andrew O'Hehir

An impressive but exceptionally disturbing feature debut from Australian director Justin Kurzel that pushes the new wave of Aussie crime films up a notch.

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Chase Whale

I did not know this film was based on a true story until the closing credits, which makes this story so much more terrifying. Director Justin Kurzel crafted a raw feel that will leave you slack-jawed.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The film is a chilling study of an evil, dominant personality and his victims.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

This distressing infiltration of a family of young boys by a charismatic psychopath rewards with a stylistic talent that feels entirely new.

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Ali Gray

Unflinchingly nasty, graphic and gut-wrenchingly powerful, Snowtown is a film that dares you to look away, but compels you to keep watching. As portraits of serial killers go, this deserves to be hung on the wall next to Henry.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Overlong and grim to the point where some scenes are virtually unwatchable...

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Noel Murray
AV Club

What is it with first-time Australian filmmakers and ultraviolent true-crime movies about thuggish underclass families?

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Tara Brady
Irish Times

The grimy social realism and gurgling torture scenes place director Justin Kurzel's startling debut midway between Animal Kingdom and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Confusing. Slow. Sick...
Cameron Sherwell
Based on real murders in Australia, 'Snowtown' follows a seemingly nice man as he manipulates a teenage boy into killing. The first striking feature… More
Jack Hawkins
Though a realistic, unnerving depiction of psychopathy and underclass, 'Snowtown' is too slow and features a slew of characters who you don't… More
Stella Dallas
grimmer than grim tale of australia's worst serial killer. the domestic setting makes it all the more creepy
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Ugly and fascinating. Uncomfortable yet captivating. Overall a sad, dark film that is extremely well crafted, acted and directed.
familiar stranger
This was a pure chance encounter. When I stumbled upon it, I realized that it's based on real life events. Its genre only added fuel to the fire. As usual,… More