The Proposition Synopsis
Guy Pearce stars in a 'kangaroo western' set at the end of the bushrangers era in Australia.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A movie you cannot turn away from; it is so pitiless and uncompromising, so filled with pathos and disregarded innocence, that it is a...
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A pitiless yet elegiac Australian Western as caked with beauty as it is with blood.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
It's a terrific, kinetic experience, and it's also a brilliant showcase for a crackerjack ensemble of great actors.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The Proposition, a beautiful, bloody meditation on justice, family, and the trap of retribution, is in every respect an artful addition to...
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A near-masterpiece of mood and menace, and one that deserves to be seen on the largest screen possible.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
A fascinating, mythological western.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A visionary tale -- bleak but visionary all the same -- of a fragile civilizing impulse crushed by family loyalty and a lust for revenge in...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
A spellbinding Australian Western.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Despite all the violence that ensues, The Proposition is a psychological Western more in the mold of Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven" than the...
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75

Miami Herald

By Peter Debruge
The Proposition leaves you shell-shocked.
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Rated R | For strong grisly violence, and for language