88

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Lawrence delves deep into the moral dilemma at the heart of Carver's deceptively simple tale. By deliberately making the young woman in the river aboriginal, the film also opens up yet another dimension in the reaction to the men's inaction: Would they have acted any differently had the murder victim been white?
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

The same organic characterizations that marked Lawrence's acclaimed 2001 film "Lantana" will attract fans of strong adult drama.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Dublin-born Byrne and native New Yorker Linney...are both exceptional at depicting characters about to burst from inner turmoil, and Linney, in particular, is heartbreaking.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Deliberately paced, with an eerie, country-ish score from the Australian singer/songwriter Paul Kelly, Jindabyne is definitely a mystery. But it's not about who killed the woman - audiences know that practically from the outset.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
While not everything in Jindabyne works, especially in its final, redemptive third, the film and its faces stay with you.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Jindabyne -- named for the lakeside town in which the troubles spill -- can't contain all that the filmmakers want to throw in. Best to keep glued to the taut performance by Laura Linney.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Where it works best is in the domestic dance of death between a husband and a wife. Linney flutters with increasingly panicky intelligence throughout the film, while Byrne sinks further into his own bulk.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Jindabyne started with a bad idea and the finished film doesn't do well by it.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Jindabyne suffers from too many extraneous elements and from a story that doesn't land with enough force or purpose.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Has some strong acting. But largely because of its glacial pacing, the story ends up feeling too detached to move us as it should.
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65 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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