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Based on 25 Reviews
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  • 75
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    It's Eric Bana, a popular Australian stand-up comic, who justifies our interest with a dazzling performance of blunt humor, unpredictability and an edge of menace. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Its dabs of dark comedy and stabs of gore, still rings with a sense of the real. It's electric-charged. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    It's galling to see such a low-life canonized in a film, but it's also riveting drama. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Eric Bana's performance suggests he will soon be leaving the comedy clubs of Australia and turning up as a Bond villain or a madman in a special-effects picture. He has a quality no acting school can teach and few actors can match: You cannot look away from him. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    An impressionistic portrait of the seductive nature of evil. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Pulls no punches - blood flows very freely (including the ear-cutting scene) and black humor abounds. show more

  • 75
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    Too quick to uncritically and unthinkingly accept its subject's rollickingly self-mythologizing take on himself. show more

  • 63
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    A point is being made about how a criminal creates his own myth, but the ways Read twists and embellishes the truth become progressively less interesting. show more

  • 63
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    There's an awful lot of kinetic energy to Chopper, and the violence is portrayed as graphically as imaginable. show more

  • 60
    Kevin Maynard Mr. Showbiz

    This fictionalized, frequently stomach-churning biography of Australian criminal Mark Chopper Read features the most bloody ear-severing scene since "Reservoir Dogs." show more

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