Balibo (2009)

In the aftermath of the shooting of five Australian journalists in East Timor, a curious sixth named Roger East (Anthony LaPaglia) is convinced by charismatic acquaintance Jose Romas-Horta, a man who would prove to have a bright and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 24, 2009
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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

BALIBO is a gritty political thriller, based on a hardly spoken international incident which held strong repercussions in Australia, and is sure to hit a raw nerve upon its release.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Despite Balibo's structural instability, Connolly still manages to find plenty of poignancy and to gather an emotional head of steam

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David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

Despite [the] drawbacks, Balibo still tells a very powerful story, one that needed to be told.

Chris Barsanti

...intriguing but problematic melodrama

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Evan Williams
The Australian

Robert Connolly has made a brave and deeply disturbing film.

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Erin Free
FILMINK (Australia)

An incredible film with a well crafted script, beautiful cinematography and a touching story that exposes a deep anger and sorrow.

Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

This is as good as cinema gets - the story may be devastating but as a cinematic accomplishment, Balibo is something to be celebrated.

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Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Balibo is a strong film, and Connolly's best to date. Despite the plaudits of many of my fellow critics, it's not a perfect film...but it's a bloody good one.

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Anders Wotzke

What makes Balibo essential viewing is that, on top of its past and present political significance, it also happens to be one of the most captivating and thrilling films in years.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
This truly riveting and important political thriller exposes without any concessions a horrendous episode in History that has been kept in silence for a long… More
Cinema Films
This truly is inspired filmmaking! Australian writer/director Robert Connoly's political thriller Balibo sheds light on war crimes that have been… More
familiar stranger
I'd no idea what the movie is about before watching it except that it's based on real events. And based was it!! Clarifying so at the very outset when… More
Panta Oz
It is very hard to criticize a movie with such a sensitive subject but I am here to give an honest opinion about movie quality not a statement for a political… More