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Animal Kingdom (15)

Animal Kingdom (15)

The critical consensus

It plays by the noir book, but Michôd’s wallop from the wild side wields a tight grip of sure styling, taut plotting and poised performances.

****(*)Kevin Harley, Total Film, 17/02/2011

It adds up to a potent Shakespearean brew that dramatises humanity’s kill-or-be-killed instinct with chilling conviction.

****(*)Paul Gallagher, The List, 18/02/2011

In an excellent cast, Weaver and Mendelsohn stand out as the monstrous matriarch and unhinged ‘Pope’ – one of the most manipulative, nuanced and terrifying of recent screen lunatics.

****(*)Chris Fyvie, The Skinny, 18/02/2011

A dark rites-of-passage story meets lethal Shakespearean drama, with low-key performances that artfully get under the skin.

****(*)Damon Wise, Empire Online, 21/02/2011

A triumph of both performance and substance right from the start.

****(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 22/02/2011

Imagine Harold Pinter dramatising the Krays, or Edith Wharton scripting a Lizzie Borden biopic...Barely a single scene is unoriginal.

****(*)Nigel Andrews, 23/02/2011

It’s a writing-directing debut with a thousand ideas and no intention of saving them for later.

****(*)Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 24/02/2011

This is no "G'dayFellas". "Our game, it's over, mate," says a character here. Michôd's looks like it's just beginning.

****(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 25/02/2011

A tense, violent and supremely watchable crime drama.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 24/02/2011

A ferociously impressive feature debut from Australian writer-director David Michod.

****(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 24/02/2011

Animal Kingdon is never an easy watch but its ferocity is offset by its humanity.

****(*)Daily Record, 25/02/2011

Animal Kingdom provides a world that you’d never want to live in, but which is fascinating to behold from afar.

Michael MacLennan, STV, 25/02/2011

The convoluted action that follows strives for the grandeur of Greek tragedy, something that doesn't always sit easily with the gritty style writer/director David Michôd deploys.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 26/02/2011

Animal Kingdom is skilfully lit and edited and the performances are remarkable.

Philip French, The Observer, 27/02/2011

The story has terrific drive, with Michod leavening the static patches with elegant, discreetly bold camera moves.

Jonathan Romney, The Independent on Sunday, 27/02/2011

Features about Animal Kingdom (15)

Animal Kingdom director David Michod takes us around Melbourne's dark side

Steve Rose, The Guardian, 19/02/2011

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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