Acolytes (2011)

Teenagers Mark (Sebastian Gregory) and James (Joshua Payne) are victims of Gary Parker (Michael Dorman), a local thug not much older than them who has brutalised and abused them all their lives. In their last year of high school, James and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 13, 2011
DVD Release Date: July 28, 2009
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Simon Foster

When Edgerton's killer begins to toy with (Sebastian Gregory's) Mark, it's like watching a cat play with a mouse - it's sad but you don't really care. Let the cat have his fun...

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Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

The bleak suburban setting and the mischievous, if somewhat downbeat adolescent lead characters recall Gus Van Sant's oeuvre, though Hewitt doesn't achieve anywhere near the same degree of nuance.

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

A combo of psychological thriller and bloody chiller... a superior piece of genre filmmaking

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Anders Wotzke

Cleverly twisted, gut-wrenching Aussie thriller.

Colin Fraser
FILMINK (Australia)

A requisite number of gory, slashing, scream-filled moments raise the heartbeat as kids chase killers, and the killers chase kids. What's missing is a freshness of purpose, and the conviction of motive. You know, the important stuff.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...maddeningly uneven...

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Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)

The performances from the young cast are a tad bland, but director Jon Hewitt infuses his low-budget genre jolter with just enough menace as it powers towards an effective, if predictable, climax.

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David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

Unfortunately, after a strong first half, the film degenerates into some messily unconvincing blood-letting which might attract devotees of the genre but which is disappointingly conventional given what's come before.

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William Goss
Lean, mean, and twisty tale of teens in trouble.