Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Mar 3, 2014
    100
    A well-warranted remastering of his Aussie new wave classic.
  2. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Oct 2, 2012
    100
    Wake in Fright is the closest a movie can get to a primal scream.
  3. Reviewed by: John Semley
    Oct 1, 2012
    100
    The film's vision of masculine self-sufficiency is built around--and on, via Australia's own bloody colonial history--an elemental violence.
  4. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Oct 18, 2012
    91
    As unpleasant as so many of its going-on are, Wake in Fright works both as an early instance of "Ozploitation" cinema and as a harsh critique of Australian colonialism and the absurdity of trying to bring so-called civilization to this vast arid wilderness.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Oct 20, 2012
    90
    As a strictly psychological portrait of destructive masculinity it's a gut-sock, vividly photographed, thrillingly edited and marked by performances (Donald Pleasence and Jack Thompson, most notably) that heave with strange complexity and dark camaraderie.Wake in Fright is true horror.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Oct 4, 2012
    90
    It's simultaneously terrifying and hilarious, a full-on shotgun blast to the face of rediscovered 1970s weirdness, something like finding out that there's a classic Peckinpah film you've never seen, or that Wes Craven and Bernardo Bertolucci got drunk in Sydney one weekend and decided to make a movie together.
  7. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Oct 10, 2012
    89
    Definitely not for the squeamish, Wake in Fright is calibrated for maximum psychic impact. Its madness is viral and disconcerting. Truly, you're going to want a stiff drink and a hot shower, or a noose, after visiting the Yabba.
  8. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Nov 15, 2012
    88
    Wake in Fright is essential viewing for anyone interested in the roots of male violence.
  9. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 31, 2012
    88
    It's not dated. It is powerful, genuinely shocking and rather amazing.
  10. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Oct 11, 2012
    88
    Wake in Fright is a monster movie, and the monster is us.
  11. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Oct 25, 2012
    80
    It's a movie that should be seen, a throwback to a looser, freer cinema. Wake in Fright has a tremendous '70s vibe to it, a "they-don't-make-them-like-this-anymore" feel that is as welcome as a cold beer in the Outback. [25 Oct 2012]
  12. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Oct 6, 2012
    80
    The picture is fresh and frightening, a strong arthouse contender certain to leave audiences talking.
  13. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Oct 2, 2012
    80
    Push any guy long enough with alcohol and aggressive masculinity, the film suggests, and you'll find an XY-chromosomed predator lurking behind the mask.
  14. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    Oct 2, 2012
    70
    A road movie using undeveloped land as a blank screen on which to project a dark deconstruction of masculinity and manifest destiny.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Apr 25, 2014
    6
    A solid film about Aussie rednecks, alcoholism, and the terrible decision making skills of one teacher (who's actually a bit of an arrogantA solid film about Aussie rednecks, alcoholism, and the terrible decision making skills of one teacher (who's actually a bit of an arrogant prick).

    Its got a very slow pace, its not scary, and it isn't nearly as grim or tense as more recent Aussie films (Snowtown for example). However, if you're a fan of the old Australian "new wave" of cinema then its worth a gander.
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