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Romper Stomper

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Australia · 1992
Rated R · 1h 34m
Director Geoffrey Wright
Starring Russell Crowe, Daniel Pollock, Jacqueline McKenzie, Alex Scott
Genre Action, Drama, Thriller

A group of neo-Nazis in Melbourne routinely terrorize members of the local Vietnamese community. After a heated confrontation between the parties and the addition of a new woman to their group, the band of white supremacists find a new matter to rally against.

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Time Out by

The cheap 'message' of the ending fails to salvage a film that at best is well-meant but misguided, at worst, flashy and garbled.


Washington Post by Desson Thomson

It's merely another violent art house picture, slumming modishly in the world of psycho-personalities, and exhibiting only occasional flashes of originality.


Austin Chronicle by Marc Savlov

It is violent, certainly, but it's also a genuinely excellent film, horrifying and touching and beautiful in a bloody sort of way. A bit like real life, really.


Entertainment Weekly by Owen Gleiberman

As an expose of the new wave of racist youth-gang violence, Romper Stomper lacks depth, psychology, a sense of social background. Yet Wright’s flagrant attempt to humanize his skinheads-to turn them into bona fide movie characters-is, in its way, dramatic and vaguely honorable.


Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

Ron Hagen’s camera work captures the delirium of carnage that drives out rational thought. Ignore the prudes who think you shouldn’t make films about things that scare you. It’s a first line of defense. This Aussie Reservoir Dogs opens up a brutal world that needs to be understood.


Washington Post by Richard Harrington

Director Geoffrey Wright, who also wrote the script, is thoroughly ambivalent in his storytelling. It's in his deft filmmaking that Wright slips: By whipping up a visceral ride through a tunnel of hate, and by making several characters likable, he creates a parable of race and rage that offers no moral position.


The New York Times by Stephen Holden

While enticing you to hate the gang and take delight in everything bad that happens to its members, the film also gives you the vicarious thrill of being one of the gang.

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