The Nightingale


The Nightingale (2019)



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1825. Clare, a young Irish convictwoman, chases a British officer through the Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way she enlists the services of Aboriginal tracker Billy, who is marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.


Critic Reviews for The Nightingale

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

If The Nightingale doesn't quite fulfil the high expectations for Kent's sophomore feature, it still shows a director with a muscular handle on her craft, though in this case she could have used a script collaborator to address the weaknesses.

Sep 6, 2018 | Full Review…

[Director Jennifer Kent] charts her own path in The Nightingale, a savage journey that might not have been worth the trip were its guide not so adept at navigating the darkness.

Sep 6, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

An undeniably overlong but beautifully imagined revenge fable.

Sep 8, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

There's a terrific film in here somewhere, with upmarket echoes of the exploitation thriller tradition of the 70s, but it gets lost in overstatement and a surfeit of plot reversals.

Sep 6, 2018 | Full Review…

One of the most memorable works in its genre - a parable that never turns violence into a spectacle, but is resolutely committed to expose the poisonous double prism of racism and sexism it feeds upon.

Sep 6, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The Nightingale can be wearingly repetitive, making a point, making it again and making it once more for good measure, each time with the same sleepy whisper. Still, it's a noble effort.

Sep 6, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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