The Waiting City
The Waiting City (2010)

A couple eager to adopt a child find their relationship might not last long enough for them to get their new daughter in this drama from writer and director Claire McCarthy. Fiona (Radha Mitchell) and Ben (Joel Edgerton) are a couple from… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 28, 2010
DVD Release Date: May 31, 2011
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Glenn Dunks
Onya Magazine

[Director Claire McCarthy] wrings true emotion out of simple moments that audiences will recognise.

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Simon Jones
Empire Magazine Australasia

India is the best character in a touching if convoluted story.

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Nick Dent
Sunday Mail (Australia)

Cue the parade of local colour -- women in saris, decaying buildings, sunsets over the Ganges -- and the inevitable transcendental experience.

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Simon Miraudo

Much of the joy of The Waiting City comes from the slow unraveling of the characters relationships, as well as in the gorgeous cinematography of Denson Baker.

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Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Too often in The waiting City, there are moments that jar, misjudgments and bad calls in performance and structure that distract from the important process going on here.

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Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

Unfortunately, courtesy of vacuous scripting and stilted performances, The Waiting City ultimately does precious little to have you caring.

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Giles Hardie
Sydney Morning Herald

The Waiting City is a beautifully crafted bitter-sweet exploration of a functional but near-broken relationship exposed by this perpetually functional but near-broken city.

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Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)

The Waiting City is an immersive film, but also a contemplative one.

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David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

There's more atmosphere than plot in Claire McCarthy's film, but the atmosphere is very strong indeed.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
The kind of movie that critics like, I guess. Pretty setting. Well done...just really, really slow. Good to see Radha Mitchell in something that isn't… More
Doctor Strangeblog
And us, The Waiting Audience. A lot of nothing happens storywise from the time an Australian couple arrives in India to claim the child they adopted. As… More
Lewis C.
"You must act out of love, not desperation or need." I've yet to see a movie set in India that wasn't a visual treat to watch, and The… More
Walter M.
Upon arriving in Calcutta from their native Australia, Ben(Joel Edgerton), a musician, and Fiona Simmons(Radha Mitchell), a lawyer, are dismayed to find that… More