Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. 80
    And by the time Thornton has deftly flipped the script regarding the titular Biblical parable's misogyny, you'll feel as if Aussie cinema has indeed discovered its next great voice.
  2. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Tender and beautifully acted, it's a unflinchingly bleak glimpse of life on Australia's margins.
  3. How do you know you're looking at a pretty good piece of filmmaking? When the director and actors can make you care about the central characters even though they exchange almost no dialogue.
  4. Reviewed by: Russell Edwards
    An engrossing and touching snapshot of an Australia too often left on the cutting-room floor.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    A deglamorized couple-on-the-run story, Warwick Thornton's Samson & Delilah doubles as a portrait of a tiny Australian aboriginal community.
  6. 91
    Viewers may not realize how far they've been pulled in until the movie ends, and they might feel a sense of loss that it can't keep going just a little while longer.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Dec 1, 2010
    This is a magnificent movie all around. The scarce dialogue, cinematography but specially the 2 young leads are ... inspiring, breathtaking, relentless. There is a moment, a single instant that spoke to me when in a car's tape recorder Rocio Durcal is playing Juan Gabriel (Spanish diva + Mexican divo)... the awkward perfection of this sound insert is, for me, the perfect metaphor of the surprising stuff this movie is made of Full Review »
  2. Feb 29, 2012
    Clásicos les llaman a las películas cuyo mensaje trasciende su tiempo y su entorno y esta película logra transmitirlo así seas en Australia o seas de México. AL estar viendo el filme pensaba que cualquier escena podría confundirse con un filme hecho en México de no ser por los pocos diálogos en inglés y en idioma aborigen. Impactante. Bastante recomendable. Full Review »
  3. Jan 30, 2011
    Dear METACRITIC ITs: Please help me change my user review NAME from raco2046 to cinemaquote. I have written over 4 months wihout a reply. My email Full Review »