The Legend of Molly Johnson

critic Reviews

, 80% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • The Drover's Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson occasionally struggles to cohere, but writer-director-star Leah Purcell offers a unique, compelling perspective on historic myths.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Nell MinowRogerEbert.com
    Purcell has taken Lawson’s character and given her a name, a history, and a story worthy of the word 'legend.'
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    Noel MurrayLos Angeles Times
    Purcell [gives] a heartrending lead performance, playing a woman whose iron will may not be able to withstand the mob’s prejudices.
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    Teo BugbeeNew York Times
    It’s an earnest film, one that glows with pride at Aboriginal resilience. But the impression it leaves is didactic, a saints and demons fable that meanders to foregone conclusions.
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    Tom ShoneTimes (UK)
    Purcell has inflated what should have been a down-and-dirty western into a conscience-scouring national epic.
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    Danny LeighFinancial Times
    Purcell has magnetism in front of the camera and widescreen confidence behind it.
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    Wenlei MaNews.com.au
    A redemptive story that gives power to a perspective and experience that has been marginalised for too long.
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    Loren KingNewport This Week (RI)
    Australian writer, director and actress Leah Purcell not only creates a powerful, original character for herself to play in The Legend of Molly Johnson, but she gives the durable, male-centered western genre a feminist slant.
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    Frederic and Mary Ann BrussatSpirituality & Practice
    An intense Western set in Australia dealing with the toxic trinity of violence, chauvinism, and injustice.
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    Christian GallichioThe Playlist
    It’s a flawed but nevertheless compelling western.
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    Ryan SilbersteinMovieJawn
    While the direction of Molly’s story feels inevitable–the patriarchy doesn’t let divergence alone for long–that makes it no less emotional or relevant.
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