Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 100
    Directed by John Hillcoat, this Aussie feature perfectly re-creates the charbroiled landscapes and cruel psychodrama of the old Sergio Leone westerns, with John Hurt particularly fine as a raging old mountain goat.
  2. 100
    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.
  3. A pitiless yet elegiac Australian Western as caked with beauty as it is with blood.
  4. In the end, this is a film about retribution and justice within unjust circumstances. Each character has a personal code of honor -- Arthur, Charlie and Capt. Stanley are all given their dignity -- and it's that code that sets the film apart.
  5. Despite perpetual rumors of its demise as a genre, the Western is alive and well in the Australian outback.
  6. It's a terrific, kinetic experience, and it's also a brilliant showcase for a crackerjack ensemble of great actors.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    A near-masterpiece of mood and menace, and one that deserves to be seen on the largest screen possible.
  8. 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.
  9. By turns grisly and hallucinatory, The Proposition is one of those grand, mythic Westerns, full of wide-open spaces and dank little hellholes, detestable bad guys and virginal women, laconic lawmen and wary natives.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 71 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. TimR
    Oct 5, 2006
    5
    You know, the cinematography was impressive, the cast was well placed, and the setting was very tangible. Ray Winstone as Captain Stanley You know, the cinematography was impressive, the cast was well placed, and the setting was very tangible. Ray Winstone as Captain Stanley was, without question, the best part of this film ... his performance and delivery were continually intriguing. This is not to side step the other fine performances, mainly by Guy and Emily. My scoring is mostly due to distaste of the subject matter...it was VERY harsh, and very real in how it delivered the evil and disgusting side of sinful man. [***SPOILERS***] Perhaps I should rate it higher than, because it did such a Full Review »
  2. Simon
    May 4, 2008
    1
    One of the most achingly slow and boring films i've sen in a long time, beautifully shot, but cold have been told in 30 mins!
  3. JonathanH.
    Jun 3, 2006
    10
    An excellent film, especially when viewed in a movie house. Visually stunning and a good story too.