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7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17

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  1. Aug 21, 2012
    10
    Beautifully done. Really makes you feel like you were there, even though I live in USA. On the same par as the movie "Michael." Just wow! But not for the faint of heart (as a previous poster mentioned). If you have an interest in twisted (at least somewhat true) stories, then this is for you! Well acted. My only con is that I feel like I need to Wiki this story to find out the actual details, not that the movie deviated from them, just so I know how it went down according to Aussie historical accounts....BRAVO! Expand
  2. Mar 5, 2012
    10
    Before I start I must warn anyone thinking of watching Snowtown that it is a visually/ mentally distressing film with disturbing imagery and a horrifying plot. When I viewed it in a room of 30 people or so, the room was down to 15-20 by the end of the film because of the films content. Not only is it not for the faint of heart, it's not for those with a strong heart. Even if you can watch the worst horror films without even as much as a gasp, trust me, you still aren't prepared for Snowtown. That being said Snowtown is a beautifully directed, true story based around Australian serial killer John Bunting (Daniel Henshall) and his systematic corruption of a teenager (Lucas Pittaway) into his gang of murderers. The story is dark but wonderfully written with every character being brilliantly thought out and drawn thanks to a great script by Shaun Grant. The most shocking part of Snowtown is the fact it never for a moment feels like a movie. It feels like you are following real people from Pittaway's Jamie, a lighthearted youngster dragged into John's hateful business thanks to manipulation by his mother Elizabeth (Louise Harris), his brother and John, his mother's new boyfriend. Daniel Henshall gives the performance of a lifetime as Bunting bringing to life a despicable character who not only affected a family but a whole community. Snowtown ensures a feel of unease for the entire run by setting up characters only to turn them on his head with John entering as a kind protector but gradually revealing the darkness within. The film makes sure not to make its characters come across as sociopathic, in fact, it emphasises the characters plethora of feelings and emotions. For instance in one scene John witnesses someone else carry out his kill and the look of shock and joy on his face is truly terrifying. The absolute delight displaces any idea that these characters are mentally ill. As Jamie falls deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole, Johnâ Expand
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Mar 14, 2012
    88
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Mar 2, 2012
    80
    An impressive but exceptionally disturbing feature debut from Australian director Justin Kurzel that pushes the new wave of Aussie crime films up a notch.
  3. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Mar 2, 2012
    38
    Overlong and grim to the point where some scenes are virtually unwatchable.