Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    90
    The director has managed the difficult feat of making a nonlinear film that contains a handful of almost unbearably suspenseful sequences, each one undercut by bizarre black humor.
  2. 80
    Bana, who appears in nearly every shot, talking all the while, gives a remarkably mercurial performance.
  3. A most ambitious first film. Dominik pulls it off impressively, assisted by a selfless cast, a driving score by Mick Harvey, and gifted cameramen Kevin Hayward and Geoffrey Hall.
  4. Mr. Bana's Chopper is so scarily convincing that he makes you feel the eruptive force of each mood swing and the way his character's paranoia, egomania and conscience- stricken apologies are part of a volatile emotional cycle.
  5. Reviewed by: Devin Gordon
    80
    Hilariously unhinged, but also desperate and confused.
  6. Not everyone's cup of tea, but it's actually rather beautiful.
  7. 75
    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.
  8. 75
    An impressionistic portrait of the seductive nature of evil.
  9. 75
    Pulls no punches - blood flows very freely (including the ear-cutting scene) and black humor abounds.
  10. Its dabs of dark comedy and stabs of gore, still rings with a sense of the real. It's electric-charged.
  11. 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.
  12. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    Too quick to uncritically and unthinkingly accept its subject's rollickingly self-mythologizing take on himself.
  13. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    75
    Bloody, profane and compelling, Chopper marks an impressive debut for Dominik and a revelation of Bana's talent.
  14. 70
    Grotesquely violent, horribly funny.
  15. 70
    Dominik's stylistic choices are savvy, but what really makes the movie work is Bana's extraordinary performance as Chopper.
  16. 63
    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.
  17. It's galling to see such a low-life canonized in a film, but it's also riveting drama.
  18. There's an awful lot of kinetic energy to Chopper, and the violence is portrayed as graphically as imaginable.
  19. 60
    This fictionalized, frequently stomach-churning biography of Australian criminal Mark Chopper Read features the most bloody ear-severing scene since "Reservoir Dogs."
  20. 60
    Bana's performance is nothing short of electrifying.
  21. It's a great style, it's a fabulous performance, but it never quite finds what it's searching for.
  22. 60
    The connection between his boasting about killing and killing so he can boast about it -- is made beautifully insidious.
  23. Much ado about very little because it takes no stand and gives little insight into the Chopper's psyche.
  24. A movie overtly designed to win attention (and not to do much else).
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Aug 24, 2010
    8
    Eric Bana as an Australian schizophrenic psychopath, writes a book whilst inside, flashbacks, gains national notoriety.
    Good dialogue,
    Eric Bana as an Australian schizophrenic psychopath, writes a book whilst inside, flashbacks, gains national notoriety.
    Good dialogue, intense, amusing & good fun throughout.
    I couldn't believe this was Eric Bana at times!! Really convincing performance by the big fella.
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