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  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    A spellbinding Australian Western. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    A visionary tale -- bleak but visionary all the same -- of a fragile civilizing impulse crushed by family loyalty and a lust for revenge in the vast Outback of the late 19th century. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The Proposition, a beautiful, bloody meditation on justice, family, and the trap of retribution, is in every respect an artful addition to the canon of six-shooter morality tales. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Despite all the violence that ensues, The Proposition is a psychological Western more in the mold of Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven" than the John Ford films its stark cinematography resembles. It's about a good man, Stanley, who does bad things, and a bad man, Charlie, fighting his conscience. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    A fascinating, mythological western. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A movie you cannot turn away from; it is so pitiless and uncompromising, so filled with pathos and disregarded innocence, that it is a record of those things we pray to be delivered from. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    It's a terrific, kinetic experience, and it's also a brilliant showcase for a crackerjack ensemble of great actors. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    A near-masterpiece of mood and menace, and one that deserves to be seen on the largest screen possible. show more

  • 75
    Peter Debruge Miami Herald

    The Proposition leaves you shell-shocked. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    A sweat-slicked, near-abstract ballet of blood and sand. show more

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