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Based on 13 Reviews
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  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Only the truly ghoulish will find any pleasure in Snowtown, Justin Kurzel's well-crafted but hard-to-watch true-crime debut. show more

  • 80

    The Snowtown Murders is the latest and bleakest in a string of Australian crime films showing flashes of virtuoso talent, and has more than a little in common with David Michôd's 2010 hit "Animal Kingdom." show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The film is a chilling study of an evil, dominant personality and his victims. It works primarily through an astonishingly good performance by Daniel Henshall as Bunting. show more

  • 63
    Slant Magazine

    Whatever one ends up thinking about The Snowtown Murders, it's difficult to deny that it's a deeply impressive work. show more

  • 38
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Overlong and grim to the point where some scenes are virtually unwatchable. show more

  • 80
    Kim Newman Empire

    Terrific performances, especially from the menacing, lazily charismatic Henshall, and debut director Kurzel's expressionist storytelling make for an Aussie film well worth hunting down. A tough but seriously rewarding watch. show more

  • 60
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    Cigarettes are sucked hungrily by all involved, old and young, in the trashscape of this depressing Australian crime film - a movie that heaps so much dank atmosphere on its suburbanites, you can't help but sigh with relief when events turn to serial killing (finally?). show more

  • 67
    Eric Kohn indieWIRE

    The Snowtown Murders manages to become a compelling exercise that excels at making horrible acts look shockingly listless. show more

  • 90
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    The Snowtown Murders reminds us that sometimes evil is immediately recognizable, but at other times it comes bearing bacon and beer. show more

  • 80
    Andrew O'Hehir

    An impressive but exceptionally disturbing feature debut from Australian director Justin Kurzel that pushes the new wave of Aussie crime films up a notch. show more

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