Mystery Road
Mystery Road (2013)

An Indigenous detective investigates the murder of a teenage girl in a small town in the Outback. Ivan Sen (Toomelah) crafts a mesmerising thriller with a stellar Australian cast including Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Ryan Kwanten and Jack… More

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Rated: Unrated
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DVD Release Date: October 14, 2014
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jay Boller
Minneapolis Star Tribune

As a straight-up, "Law & Order"-esque criminal investigation, it's watchable. But lingering shots and half-baked racial commentary overstate the importance of "Mystery Road."

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Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)

Sen (who also shoots, scores and edits) goes walkabout through the minefield of contemporary Australian culture, offering an evocative snapshot of an unravelling crime scene - social, racial and economic.

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George Byrne
The Herald (Ireland)

Aaron Pendersen is thoroughly believable as the conflicted Jay and the blasted landscape is photographed so well you'll be sweating and swatting the flies away from your own face after 10 mins.

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage

I won't lie and say Mystery Road kept me on the edge of my seat for its duration, but there is a lot to enjoy in its delicately peeled back layers.

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Tara Brady
Irish Times

A superior and taut outback adventure, you'd have to go back to Samson and Delilah to find an Australian feature this bonsa.

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)

Mystery Road is a detective story that unspools with languid menace on the widescreen of the Australian Outback.

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Rich Cline

This tightly wound drama evokes a strikingly inventive sense of the Wild West in the Australian Outback.

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Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)

Slow-burning but very powerful.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

Mystery Road may be set in modern Queensland but it has the feel of a flinty, slow-burning western as one stetson-wearing lawman stands against an entire community.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
Indeed a slow-burning thriller. Not quite up to my taste, though.