Rabbit-Proof Fence

User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 40
  2. Negative: 4 out of 40
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  1. Dec 21, 2013
    10
    Haunting, heart-breaking and powerful. Beautifully uncovers the ugliest and most shameful part of Australian history. This is an absolute must-see, even for non-Aussies.
  2. [Anonymous]
    Jul 2, 2005
    8
    A surprisingly interesting adventure. That evil Nevelle is unbeleivably evil. I'm glad those kids escaped, but it wasn't so much an escape as it was a rebellion, a protest against what was being done to them.
  3. BillyMarshallS.
    Jan 10, 2003
    9
    Real Australian drama - and I do mean DRAMA - an epic story with incredible performances from the 3 principals. Worth seeing twice!
  4. PennyG.
    Jun 1, 2003
    8
    Everlyn Sampi's performance is absolutely phenomenal. The girls portray true hardships with breathtaking performances.This film could have fetched a 10/10 if it weren't for the Hollywood overtones. Overall an effort to be commended and taken seriously by all Australians.
  5. AdamE.
    Nov 27, 2002
    7
    A beautifully told story with great performances from the whole cast especially the 3 girls. A touching and well directed film.
  6. MarcK.
    Dec 17, 2002
    7
    Interesting and moving story...definitely worth seeing!
  7. PatC.
    Dec 22, 2003
    9
    Near-perfection without the hype. Somewhat overedited - the story is compelling enough to tolerate more elaboration of events & characters - especially Branagh, whose character depth as a bureaucrat without a personal life is established in a deft 5 seconds. It would be simplistic to presume this movie is mere protest against aboriginal policy. It is more precisely a statement of the Near-perfection without the hype. Somewhat overedited - the story is compelling enough to tolerate more elaboration of events & characters - especially Branagh, whose character depth as a bureaucrat without a personal life is established in a deft 5 seconds. It would be simplistic to presume this movie is mere protest against aboriginal policy. It is more precisely a statement of the socialistic forces in politics that encourage government meddling as preferred parenting for children (except our own of course). In the case of the Aussie mindset (a derivative of the British Empire mindset), once again we see the belief that anything done is OK as long as proper manners are exhibited in the process. The inhumanity continues. Politically pre-empted from savaging Aboriginies, Aussie social engineers now trash the lives of another subset of children, those "half-castes" of divorced white parents. There is no political will to preserve for such children their essential need for two parents, only to plunder one of the parents into ruin for child support while running him/her off. The horror of this film appears to be Aussie injustice to the original land tenants, but that was merely a precursor of Aussie injustice to Aussies as their self-assured system turns on itself. Expand
  8. R.Thompson
    Jan 3, 2003
    10
    Great, don't miss it.
  9. JoshL.
    Jan 7, 2003
    10
    This is a wonderful picture. It takes some of the most extraordinarily tragic times on this planet and thrusts it forward to us. It's a shame that the people who really need to see this either won't see it or if they do they wont get it. It portrays events that are quite unknown, at least in my world, that are not too distant from the U.S.'s disgusting institution of This is a wonderful picture. It takes some of the most extraordinarily tragic times on this planet and thrusts it forward to us. It's a shame that the people who really need to see this either won't see it or if they do they wont get it. It portrays events that are quite unknown, at least in my world, that are not too distant from the U.S.'s disgusting institution of slavery that occurred only a short time ago. If you enjoyed the movie then you might enjoy a documentary that they showed on IFC about the making of the film. Its very interesting, particularly how they shot the scene when the girls are taken from their mothers. Some audience members may feel that because theres very little text from the girls in the film, that their performances were nothing special. I am an actor, and any half decent actor knows that silence is just as hard as dialogue, at times even harder. I'm looking forward to seeing these 3 girls in movies to come. Expand
  10. CarlL.
    Mar 12, 2003
    9
    This movie had the same masterwork feel to it as The Pianist. Breathtaking at all levels.
  11. ClintM.
    Jun 6, 2003
    8
    A great movie ... great adventure ... great acting by children that hadnt even SEEN a movie at the theatre before! I loved it and recommend it strongly.
  12. JulieB.
    Aug 11, 2003
    8
    Moving, powerful, skillful. TONY Y. Who told you that, a nice white fella? Horribly misrepresenting the actual and undeniable facts of genocide.
  13. patrickd.
    Nov 6, 2005
    9
    Dramatic and brilliant.
  14. Gilbert
    Nov 29, 2002
    10
    Ordinary my Jim Royle. This is bold, profoundly moving filmmaking that needs to be seen.
  15. JeremyF.
    Dec 27, 2002
    10
    A reminder that with love and for the cause of true freedom, humans can accomplish almost anything.
  16. A.W.
    Feb 22, 2003
    9
    Powerful and amazing. Do not miss this film. Brilliant and incredibly moving performances by the three young girls.
  17. raVen
    Jan 17, 2004
    9
    Powerful in the REAL sense of the word--not the way that announcer uses it every week to describe the next "ER" as "the most powerful episode ever." Against the signature Austrailian landscape, there are parts where the camera work is almost lyrical. Like when the girls are at one end of the fence and the mother is at the other. And phrases like "breeding out" the inferior blood never Powerful in the REAL sense of the word--not the way that announcer uses it every week to describe the next "ER" as "the most powerful episode ever." Against the signature Austrailian landscape, there are parts where the camera work is almost lyrical. Like when the girls are at one end of the fence and the mother is at the other. And phrases like "breeding out" the inferior blood never cease to inspire chills. Important and beautifully photographed movie. Expand
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Noyce's movie is a testament to endurance -- the camera caresses the landscape -- instilling us with a respect and reverence for it, its harsh ways and the attachment to it that Australia's indigenous people hold.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    80
    Thrilling, heart-wrenching tale of the real-life incredible journey.
  3. 100
    The result is a film that outrages and fills the viewer with poetry that's at once epic and intimate, scandalizing and life-affirming -- a real work of art.