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Animal Kingdom [2010]


The story follows the Cody crime family, known in Australia for armed robbery and drugs: Three brothers teach their teen nephew (James Frecheville) criminal skills after his mom dies of a drug overdose, while their mom (Jacki Weaver) supervises the training and blackmails authorities. The oldest brother (Ben Mendelsohn) is a psychopath, the middle brother (Sullivan Stapleton) is a cocaine dealer and junkie, and the youngest (Luke Ford) just goes along. Also with Joel Edgerton and Guy Pearce. Directed by David Michôd. [1.52 - R]


thumbs up

"A distinctive, ominous and hypnotic work of cinema...Brilliantly acted and intensely crafted, this movie will alienate some viewers and enthrall others, but it won't soon be forgotten."

- Andrew O'Hehir

thumbs down

"A surprisingly average crime drama that, despite some good ideas branching from its metaphorical title, is rarely as daring or engaging as it wants you to believe."

- Jason Zingale



Andrew O'Hehir | Salon.com
Kenneth Turan | Los Angeles Times
Amy Biancolli | San Francisco Chronicle
Joe Morgenstern | Wall Street Journal
Lisa Schwarzbaum | Entertainment Weekly
Stephen Holden | The New York Times
Richard Corliss | Time
J.R. Jones | Chicago Reader
Bill Goodykoontz | Arizona Republic
Bob Mondello | NPR
Pam Grady | Boxoffice Magazine
Rene Rodriguez | Miami Herald
Steven Rea | Philadelphia Inquirer
Moira Macdonald | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Sara Vilkomerson | New York Observer
Noel Murray | Onion AV Club
Steve Persall | St. Petersburg Times
Elizabeth Weitzman | New York Daily News
Kirk Honeycutt | Hollywood Reporter
Joshua Rothkopf | Time Out New York
Marjorie Baumgarten | Austin Chronicle
John DeSando | WCBE 3.5
Peter Travers | Rolling Stone
Andy Klein | Christian Science Monitor
Kyle Smith | New York Post
Shawn Levy | Portland Oregonian
Stephanie Merry | Washington Post
Ty Burr | Boston Globe
Liam Lacey | The Globe and Mail
Roger Moore | Orlando Sentinel
Michelle Orange | Movieline
David Edelstein | New York Magazine
Michael Atkinson | Village Voice
Kristin Dreyer Kramer | NightsAndWeekends
Jason Zingale | Bullz-Eye.com

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