100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Jonathan Curiel
A breathtaking story of defiance and triumph that has to be considered one of the year's most sublime films.
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100

Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
I love Rabbit-Proof Fence as drama, as protest, as moviemaking and as poetry.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A movie of minimalist moments (Molly's tiniest gestures speak volumes) and lovely, almost holy tableaux.
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88

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
The rabbits, foolishly introduced to a land that couldn't support them as they bred and dispersed, are symbols of the English: ravenous, unheeding, ineradicable and a constant threat to the native way of life.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The final scene of the film contains an appearance and a revelation of astonishing emotional power; not since the last shots of "Schindler's List" have I been so overcome with the realization that real people, in recent historical times, had to undergo such inhumanity.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
At an economical 94 minutes, Rabbit-Proof Fence trims all the fat and tells its heartfelt and stirring story. This is one of 2002's most memorable imports.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Noyce honors the story best by standing back (and getting Kenneth Branagh, as a supercilious official, to stand back, too): Noyce lets the landscape and the untrained young actresses own the screen, particularly the naturally magnetic Everlyn Sampi.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Here, Noyce lets his camera, the geography and the youngsters tell this exceptionally powerful story.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
As ambitious as this may be, however, the movie's objectives tax its energy even as the girls' plight tears at your heart.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Robert K. Elder
Characters are so well-drawn, so human - that even in the harsh light of history - it remains difficult to understand how Australia allowed such inhumanity to become institutional, mechanized and accepted.
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80 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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