The Snowtown Murders
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Your appreciation of this Australian horror movie will depend on whether you think its artistry justifies its unrelenting ugliness."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"An impressive but exceptionally disturbing feature debut from Australian director Justin Kurzel that pushes the new wave of Aussie crime films up a notch."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"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."
‑ Chase Whale, ChaseWhale.com
"It has no particular observations about the mind of psychopaths that is worth the incredibly nasty feeling you get from sitting through its incredibly grim two hours."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Although it builds quiet, thick suspense and lacks the bravado and sensationalism of most films of the genre, that doesn't always work to its advantage."
‑ Grae Drake, Movies.com
"The film is a chilling study of an evil, dominant personality and his victims."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This distressing infiltration of a family of young boys by a charismatic psychopath rewards with a stylistic talent that feels entirely new."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"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."
‑ Ali Gray, TheShiznit.co.uk
"Is it the Aussie Gummo, or a true-crime drama that takes itself way too seriously? Can it be both simultaneously?"
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"the ghastly glee of The Snowtown Murders comes not in the kills, but in the stalking of one's true prey."
‑ Chris Cabin, Filmcritic.com
"Overlong and grim to the point where some scenes are virtually unwatchable..."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"What is it with first-time Australian filmmakers and ultraviolent true-crime movies about thuggish underclass families?"
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"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."
‑ Tara Brady, Irish Times
"Observing the character's regular and repeated acts of cruelty becomes numbing after awhile."
‑ Ethan Alter, Television Without Pity
"Though many will be put off by the elliptical style of this clammy, feral drama about Australia's most infamous serial killer, Daniel Henshall's jaw-droppingly malevolent performance will reward all those who seek it out."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Film Journal International
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