Samson and Delilah
Samson and Delilah (2010)

Two teenagers find love and look for a place where they can be together in peace in this comedy drama from Australia. Samson (Rowan McNamara) is 15 years old and lives in a shabby town in the outback, where he huffs gasoline to get high,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 15, 2010
DVD Release Date: January 11, 2011
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Alternately beautiful and heartrending, Samson and Delilah is terrifically acted and shot, and presents a complex portrait of what it means to be Australian.

Tom Long
Detroit News

This lovely, aching film opts for romance in the face of modern ruin.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

How do you know you're looking at a pretty good piece of filmmaking? When the director and actors can make you care about the central characters even though they exchange almost no dialogue.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

One of the great political films, masked as one of the best personal films, of 21st-century cinema. For all its unsparing, quietly condemning look at Australia's treatment of Aborigines today, it ends on a grace note of devotion and tender care.

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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader

This sterling 2009 debut by Warwick Thornton is harrowing and tragic but has a stoic, stately realism that elevates the material way above victim politics.

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Sam Adams
AV Club

Pitched somewhere between City Of God and the Dardenne brothers, Samson And Delilah is unsparing in its brutal vision of the world.

Adam Ross
The Aristocrat

Director Warwick Thornton's artistic choices alienated me as viewer and made me pray for the end.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

The film may be hard as hell to watch, but it's even harder to look away from.

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David Fear
Time Out

Thornton's modest little story about two indigenous teens had been hailed as ground zero for a glorious new wave in Australian cinema. For once, the hyperbole seems justified...

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Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International

Spare and beautiful, Samson & Delilah gives viewers a peephole into two characters' struggle in a corner of the earth not visited enough on film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A beautiful and delicate portrait of a brutal reality that is so little known to non-Australians, reaching us through an Aboriginal love story that relies on… More
Walter M.
There is little for Samson(Rowan McNamara) to do during the day, except listen to his brother's band practice. One day, he catches sight of… More
Dean McKenna
Warwick Thornton's astounding, gruelling and rewarding movie - which he shot, as well as wrote and directed - puts us in the place of Australia's most… More
Lesley N
Drama by Warwick Thornton, Aboriginal writer and director about two Aboriginal teenagers trying to find a life amidst limited options, prejudice, brutality… More
Jeremy Smith
Probably one of the best Australian film ever, certainly one of its most powerful, dealing with the nation's elephant in the room, the indigenous… More
Cinema Films
This is a highly realistic story of two Australian Aboriginal teen-agers, Samson and Delilah. Filmed in Alice Springs, Warwick Thornton has drawn on… More