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Based on 33 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 5 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Writer-director David Michôd catches you in a vise and squeezes - hard. show more

  • 100
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    It's a remarkable film: A gritty, gut-churning, crime thriller based on a true story. Its greatness lies in its unwavering fidelity to human nature and the unstoppable laws of the wild. show more

  • 100
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    A phenomenal debut feature with a terrific title, David Michôd's Animal Kingdom is both a study in Darwinian survival-in this case survival of the shrewdest-and a group portrait of ruthless predators in the underworld of Melbourne, Australia. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Like "The Square," the startling Down Under noir released a few months ago, Animal Kingdom explores the down and dirty side of human nature, fraught with greed, suspicion, and betrayal. show more

  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Most crime stories are content to simply exist, wallowing in their own base violence. But David Michôd's fierce debut takes the genre apart, finding a reason for the madness that propels it. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    A naturalistic drama rich in psychology and attention to details. There's no glamour here, but one false move by anyone can result in death, so tension fills nearly every scene. show more

  • 75
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    Because Animal Kingdom is so richly suffused with atmosphere and style, you could almost float right past the deficiencies in its story in an admiring trance. show more

  • 90
    Bob Mondello NPR

    First-time writer/director David Michod reportedly worked for eight years on his screenplay, deepening its tale of a violently dysfunctional family until its gangster conventions feel as if they're in the service of a modern-day Greek tragedy. show more

  • 88
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Animal Kingdom moves with a brisk efficiency - Michôd trusts the viewer and doesn't waste time with unnecessary back story - and the plot twists and turns at brutal speed. show more

  • 88
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    All of the performances are skilled, and yet it's Weaver (a veteran screen, television and stage actress in Australia) who, in a smaller role, creates the character who stays with you. show more

  • September 12, 2010 RomeGG
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    This is the best movie I've seen in years. My husband and I were simply mesmerized by the superb acting and storyline. Absolutely excellent and not to be missed!

  • September 12, 2010 jimni44
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    We saw this film last night, but we didn't hear this film. Whoever was responsible for the sound in this film should be permanently barred from ever working on another movie. The loud noises were too loud and the soft speaking and whispering were inaudible. That coupled with the difficulty of understanding the Australian accent made for a miserable waste of time and money. Besides, what we were able to hear of the dialog wasn't all that good anyway.

  • September 12, 2010 ncfrrst
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    Garbage!!! A total bore from down under. A wannabe Layer Cake. Throw this one in the trash can.

  • September 05, 2010 DoggyGoPotty
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    Where were the animals???? I thought the one actor looked like a wildebeast, but then he kissed the girl and I freaked out. BEST MOVIE EVER!!!!!

  • August 23, 2010 davidmarcel1
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    The actors are so into character in this film one can longer tell they are ************* a film, and it becoms so incredibly real.

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