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Based on 20 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Offers another way into these complex indigenous people, through storytelling as haunting as their artwork. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    The humor in de Heer's script is mostly anatomical, and the performances of the nonpro cast are stiffer than bark. But you've never seen anything like it. show more

  • 90
    The Hollywood Reporter

    In telling this ancient story with style and humor, de Heer and his Aboriginal collaborators promote cultural understanding and acceptance by stealth, if you will. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Jokes about flatulence, human excrement and the size of someone's manhood also come into play, but they never cheapen this lush and enjoyable film. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Funny, perceptive, bawdy, tragic and philosophical, pretty much everything a viewer -- or a listener -- could ask for. show more

  • 75
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    A rollicking good story set a millennium ago among Australian aborigines, Ten Canoes is one of those cultural-building exercises that genuinely entertains. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    It's a thriller that refuses to thrill. It taunts us with resolution and mysteries, then slaps our hand for reaching out for a conclusion. show more

  • 80

    Ten Canoes is a rare and valuable movie, providing fascinating insight into another culture without pandering or being stuffy. Seek it out -- swim if you have to. show more

  • 67
    Austin Chronicle

    Ten Canoes is as much a work of anthropology as it is a narrative, and its true strength lies in its exploration of ancient aboriginal hunting practices, death rituals, and legal traditions. show more

  • 100
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    A marvel of warm collaboration and shared jokes about husbands and wives, shot both in dreamscape color and pristine black and white. show more

  • May 22, 2008 hankrye
    Report This User

    A fascinating look into aboriginal life. The story moves forward with humor, and the scenes of Australian back country are beautiful. A winner for the person looking for a "different" film.

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