• Released
  • March 2, 2012
  • (NY)
  • NR , 2 hr 0 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Drama
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90

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
The Snowtown Murders reminds us that sometimes evil is immediately recognizable, but at other times it comes bearing bacon and beer.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The film is a chilling study of an evil, dominant personality and his victims. It works primarily through an astonishingly good performance by Daniel Henshall as Bunting.
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80

Empire

By Kim Newman
Terrific performances, especially from the menacing, lazily charismatic Henshall, and debut director Kurzel's expressionist storytelling make for an Aussie film well worth hunting down. A tough but seriously rewarding watch.
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80

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
An impressive but exceptionally disturbing feature debut from Australian director Justin Kurzel that pushes the new wave of Aussie crime films up a notch.
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80

Movieline

The Snowtown Murders is the latest and bleakest in a string of Australian crime films showing flashes of virtuoso talent, and has more than a little in common with David Michôd's 2010 hit "Animal Kingdom."
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

Only the truly ghoulish will find any pleasure in Snowtown, Justin Kurzel's well-crafted but hard-to-watch true-crime debut.
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67

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
The Snowtown Murders manages to become a compelling exercise that excels at making horrible acts look shockingly listless.
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63

Slant Magazine

Whatever one ends up thinking about The Snowtown Murders, it's difficult to deny that it's a deeply impressive work.
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60

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
Cigarettes are sucked hungrily by all involved, old and young, in the trashscape of this depressing Australian crime film - a movie that heaps so much dank atmosphere on its suburbanites, you can't help but sigh with relief when events turn to serial killing (finally?).
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38

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Overlong and grim to the point where some scenes are virtually unwatchable.
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66 out of 100
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