Picnic at Hanging Rock
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

Peter Weir's breakthrough Australian drama about three girls and a teacher who disappear during a school outing.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 2, 1975
DVD Release Date: October 20, 1998
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Visually mesmerizing, Picnic at Hanging Rock is moody, unsettling, and enigmatic -- a masterpiece of Australian cinema and a major early triumph for director Peter Weir.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Spottily effective.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The story provides Mr. Weir with material for a kind of Australian horror-romance that recalls Nathaniel Hawthorne's preoccupation with the spiritual and moral heritage of his own New England landscape.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

Gorgeously shot and carefully paced, Weir's Hanging Rock has a dreamlike quality that sets it apart even among his fellow Australian New Wavers.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

This horrific tale is told with marvelous shadowy indirection and delicate lyricism.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A film of haunting mystery and buried sexual hysteria.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

an evocative, impressionistic masterwork

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Time Out

The result is little more than a discreetly artistic horror film.

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

One of the most hauntingly beautiful mysteries ever created on film.

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Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

Picnic At Hanging Rock is determined to keep its secrets to itself. Yet it's as beguiling as films come.

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