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  • Summary: The film tells the story of a British schoolteacher’s descent into personal demoralization at the hands of drunken, deranged derelicts while stranded in a small town in outback Australia. (Drafthouse Films)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Mar 3, 2014
    100
    A well-warranted remastering of his Aussie new wave classic.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Oct 2, 2012
    100
    Wake in Fright is the closest a movie can get to a primal scream.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Oct 11, 2012
    88
    Wake in Fright is a monster movie, and the monster is us.
  5. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Nov 15, 2012
    88
    Wake in Fright is essential viewing for anyone interested in the roots of male violence.
  6. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 31, 2012
    88
    It's not dated. It is powerful, genuinely shocking and rather amazing.
  7. 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.

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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 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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