• Released
  • March 7, 2014
  • R , 1 hr 39 min
  • Drama
    Suspense/Thriller
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100

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
Wake in Fright is the closest a movie can get to a primal scream.
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100

Empire

By Kim Newman
A well-warranted remastering of his Aussie new wave classic.
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100

Slant Magazine

The film's vision of masculine self-sufficiency is built around--and on, via Australia's own bloody colonial history--an elemental violence.
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91

Portland Oregonian

By Marc Mohan
As unpleasant as so many of its going-on are, Wake in Fright works both as an early instance of "Ozploitation" cinema and as a harsh critique of Australian colonialism and the absurdity of trying to bring so-called civilization to this vast arid wilderness.
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89

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
Definitely not for the squeamish, Wake in Fright is calibrated for maximum psychic impact. Its madness is viral and disconcerting. Truly, you're going to want a stiff drink and a hot shower, or a noose, after visiting the Yabba.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Tirdad Derakhshani
Wake in Fright is essential viewing for anyone interested in the roots of male violence.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Wake in Fright is a monster movie, and the monster is us.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It's not dated. It is powerful, genuinely shocking and rather amazing.
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80

Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
It's a movie that should be seen, a throwback to a looser, freer cinema. Wake in Fright has a tremendous '70s vibe to it, a "they-don't-make-them-like-this-anymore" feel that is as welcome as a cold beer in the Outback. [25 Oct 2012]
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
The picture is fresh and frightening, a strong arthouse contender certain to leave audiences talking.
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88 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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