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Based on 7 Reviews
critic reviews (7)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    As sensitive to its subject as it is stark in its rendering. show more

  • 50
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Ultimately, the film, for all its evident verisimilitude, never really demonstrates a compelling reason for being. show more

  • 100
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    With his carefully controlled pacing and superb use of sound, Sarkies draws the viewer deep into the experience of a town caught completely off-guard by a kind of violence they could never have expected, and won't soon forget. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    A taut thriller based on the tragedy, which remains the most lethal mass killing in New Zealand history. show more

  • 70
    The New York Times

    The director confronts horror without wallowing in it, a strategy befitting a film that’s not about how people die, but how they live. show more

  • 70
    Dennis Harvey Variety

    Chilling, often moving docudrama focuses not so much on the mayhem or murderer, but on the bewildered, occasionally courageous reactions of ordinary citizens caught in the inexplicable violence. show more

  • 50
    Village Voice

    There's some nifty soft-focus cinematography and fine performances, but otherwise, not much to resonate on this side of the pond. show more

  • May 22, 2008 thehannafamily07
    Report This User

    This movie blowssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!

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