Romper Stomper
Romper Stomper (1993)

This controversial drama (which earned an NC-17 rating in the U.S.) was a major box-office success in its native Australia, and it made an overnight star of its leading man, Russell Crowe. Hando (Crowe) is a member of a gang of racist… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 1, 1993
DVD Release Date: November 21, 2000
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Romper Stomper is A Clockwork Orange without the intellect.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

It's merely another violent art house picture, slumming modishly in the world of psycho-personalities, and exhibiting only occasional flashes of originality.

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TV Guide

Crowe is powerful and terrifying, and the erotic chemistry between Pollock and McKenzie is no less intense and enriched by strong performances by both.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The cheap 'message' of the ending fails to salvage a film that at best is well-meant but misguided, at worst, flashy and garbled.

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Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

This is in no way a pleasant film experience. It is relentlessly psychologically violent, almost nauseatingly so on occasion. However it is one of the finest films to be made in this country in recent years.

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For all the dynamism and drive, the film walks a fine line between exposure and outright exploitation -- wherein lies much of its appeal.

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Richard Harrington
Washington Post

Exploits the frustration, anger and violence of a despicable subculture while excusing the glorification of its hate aesthetic as necessary "reporting."

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David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

In these volatile times, with racism on the march again all over the world, this is a dangerous film.

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Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

Crowe first shows his star quality

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