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Metascore

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100
A movie you cannot turn away from; it is so pitiless and uncompromising, so filled with pathos and disregarded innocence, that it is a record of those things we pray to be delivered from.
91
Entertainment Weekly
A pitiless yet elegiac Australian Western as caked with beauty as it is with blood.
88
A near-masterpiece of mood and menace, and one that deserves to be seen on the largest screen possible.
88
Philadelphia Inquirer
The Proposition, a beautiful, bloody meditation on justice, family, and the trap of retribution, is in every respect an artful addition to the canon of six-shooter morality tales.
88
Chicago Tribune
It's a terrific, kinetic experience, and it's also a brilliant showcase for a crackerjack ensemble of great actors.
80
Wall Street Journal
A visionary tale -- bleak but visionary all the same -- of a fragile civilizing impulse crushed by family loyalty and a lust for revenge in the vast Outback of the late 19th century.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
A fascinating, mythological western.
75
A spellbinding Australian Western.
75
New York Daily News
Despite all the violence that ensues, The Proposition is a psychological Western more in the mold of Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven" than the John Ford films its stark cinematography resembles. It's about a good man, Stanley, who does bad things, and a bad man, Charlie, fighting his conscience.
75
Miami Herald
The Proposition leaves you shell-shocked.
75
A sweat-slicked, near-abstract ballet of blood and sand.

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