Lake Mungo
Lake Mungo (2009)

Shortly after the mysterious death of sixteen year old Alice Palmer, her family summons a psychic and a parapsychologist into their home and discovers that the secretive teen had been leading a double life. Alice was swimming in a local dam… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 7, 2009
DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Simon Miraudo

Apologies to Samson and Delilah, Mary and Max and Balibo: the one true great Australian film of 2009 was easily Joel Anderson's Lake Mungo, a mournful, dreamlike examination of the hole left in the heart of a family after a death.

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Brian Holcomb

It's actually quite difficult to imagine that this isn't a true story, and that the actors playing the tragic Palmers are not exactly who they say they are.

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Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

The entire film may be a construct but the skilled direction, writing and acting give Lake Mungo a spooky 'realistic' authenticity.

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Anton Bitel
Projected Figures

a sophisticated, adult tale that blends complex, compelling emotions with reflexive commentary on film as a 'medium' of memory, manipulation and magic... a classic supernatural enigma, once seen never forgotten.

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Scott Weinberg

An after-the-fact faux-documentary about the death of a young girl -- and the creepy little hints she may have left behind.

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Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

It's actually very nicely done, using untrained actors and the documentary form disconcertingly well to destabilise audience expectations at a number of points. Is there a ghost story? Why is the family so rattled? What's happening?

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Simon Foster

And don't deny yourself the film's final creepy images - stay for the credits...

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Sean Axmaker

It's not so much scary as spooky (except for one really creepy moment) but this ghost story is less about supernatural hauntings than human secrets and lies.

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Dov Kornits
FILMINK (Australia)

It may be overstating it, but Anderson's command of cinematic language is right up there with Bryan Singer's audacious bag of tricks in The Usual Suspects.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Very slow, but I guess that it was intended to be that way. Mildly interesting...
Cast: Talia Zucker, Rosie Traynor, David Pledger, Martin Sharpe, Steve Jodrell, Tamara Donnellan, Scott Terrill Director: Joel Anderson Summary: When a… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
A mockumentary with actual brains and with a story not build around the gimmick of the "shaky realistic camera" or whatever you want to call it. There… More
Summer W.
Despite it's unusual faux documentary format and a pretty slow pace, I ended up getting sucked in to Lake Mungo.
Lewis C.
Lake Mungo is an excellent documentary-style ghost story from Australia. It was quite different from what I expected. This isn't Paranormal Activity,… More
Drew Smith
I read about this not knowing it was part of the After Dark Horrorfest, the output of which has been...uh...dubious. I haven't seen many of the… More