The Horseman
The Horseman (2008)

A seemingly ordinary man turns to violence in this independent thriller from Australia. Christian Forteski (Peter Marshall) is a businessman whose teenage daughter Jesse (Hannah Levien) has been living on the edge since her parents… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: August 3, 2008
DVD Release Date: March 1, 2010
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Critic Score: 61% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Trevor Johnston
Time Out

It's mean and upsetting, but though the cruelty may undermine the message of vengeance breeding vengeance, it's never presented as slickly enjoyable or a facile solution.

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Simon Miraudo

It offers better performances than you usually find in a bloodthirsty flick such as this, and heralds the debut of an exciting new filmmaker. The Horseman is for those who like their revenge films unburdened by emotional complexity.

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Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

Certainly The Horseman is a calling card for Kastrissios' skills as a filmmaker; one just hopes he doesn't make The Horseman 2.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

A gritty, uncompromising thriller...

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Jason Di Rosso
The Age (Australia)

For all the rough edges, and perhaps because of them, The Horseman is compelling voyeurism, and the two leads are near on perfect.

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Lachlan Huddy
Empire Magazine Australasia

Steve Kastrissios announces himself as one to watch with this very good thriller, which is smart, relentless and makes the most of it's limitations.

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Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

a hard-hitting, sympathy-confounding thriller that painfully interrogates our own muddled feelings about the sex industry, retribution, and the limits of love, fatherly or otherwise - with an electrifying performance from Marshall.

Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)

Marshall's performance, as the desperate, driven father, is striking; it gives the film an emotional centre without ever diminishing the horror of his character's actions.

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Sophia Watson
FILMINK (Australia)

The Horseman is utterly repulsive and beautiful at the same time, shot skillfully with varying degrees of shutter-speed adding to the hazy depth of Christian's mental fracture.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Lady D'arbanville
To call this mindless violence would be inaccurate. Whilst incredibly violent in a very gritty way, the acting is of high standard and the storyline realistic,… More
Peter Marshall, Caroline Marohasy, Brad McMurray, Hannah Levien, Evert McQueen, Jack Henry, Christopher Sommers DIRECTED BY: Steven Kastrissios A tender… More
Lee ?
Violent Aussie revenge film about a father on the hunt for the men who were responsible for the death of his daughter after they fuelled her with drink and… More
Gimly M.
Gritty revenge movie that works on the shoulders of its lead performer. Any film with a hero (I use that term very loosely) that gets his ass kicked every 5… More
Steve K
A revenge flick done right. No big surprises, but a consistent tone and potent violence keep this on track.
Joshua Sheetz
Taking several notes from Get Carter and Death Wish, The Horseman manages to overcome a small budget and a sparse script to deliver one of the more engrossing… More

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