Animal Kingdom Synopsis
After his mother dies, an Australian teen goes to live with his criminal grandmother.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A phenomenal debut feature with a terrific title, David Michôd's Animal Kingdom is both a study in Darwinian survival-in this case survival...
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
It's a remarkable film: A gritty, gut-churning, crime thriller based on a true story. Its greatness lies in its unwavering fidelity to...
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Don't be fooled: In this unpeaceable kingdom, the den mama is also ready to eat her young.
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90

NPR

By Bob Mondello
First-time writer/director David Michod reportedly worked for eight years on his screenplay, deepening its tale of a violently...
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Like "The Square," the startling Down Under noir released a few months ago, Animal Kingdom explores the down and dirty side of human...
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
A naturalistic drama rich in psychology and attention to details. There's no glamour here, but one false move by anyone can result in...
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Most crime stories are content to simply exist, wallowing in their own base violence. But David Michôd's fierce debut takes the genre...
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
You probably won't see a better directorial debut this year than David Michôd's Animal Kingdom.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Writer-director David Michôd catches you in a vise and squeezes - hard.
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75

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
Because Animal Kingdom is so richly suffused with atmosphere and style, you could almost float right past the deficiencies in its story in...
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Wonderful Aussie Movie

By al_soto
Fandango is invaded by "oh no" and "no" retards who, like monkeys, can punch the computer keyboard but have no idea what they are talking about. Thank God I ignored them and saw this crime drama about...

Animal Kingdom

By phillipbriggs59
I really enjoyed the characters in this film and the dynamic conflict between bad a good! The line blurs so often in this film that at times you are routing for the bad guys! I definitely recommend...

ANIMAL kINGDOM

By patpatns
DIRECTING AND ACTING TOP DRAWER. NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. IF YOU CAN TAKE UNPLEASANT TRUTHS DON'T MISS IT!...

Five Word Review

By elangbert
obvious contrived dull tedious ungripping...

Five Word Review

By parcmon
Gritty Violent excellent Acting see-it...

Outstanding

By agnyc
Superb performances, excellent direction make this one of the best films I've seen this year. (The other two I'd recommend without qualification (also thrillers) are 'The Secret in Their Eyes' and...

Animal Kingdom

By Derrick Deane
I checked this movie out because Jacki Weaver was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, so I figured that this should be a pretty decent movie. WRONG. This was one of the most boring movies I have...

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Rated R | For Pervasive Language, Drug Content and Violence