The Nightingale (2018)

136 mins
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Gothic period thriller set in 1825 Tasmania follows young Irish convict Claire (Aisling Franciosi) as she pursues a British officer... More

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The Nightingale (2018) | Ratings & Reviews

"Harrowing in its many forms of violence and ambitious in its thematic reach, Jennifer Kent’s follow-up to The Babadook shows Australia’s colonial past as a frontier war. It’s an unforgettable film, but not without its flaws..."


"This is the movie Kiwi-shot period dramas River Queen and The Stolen aspired to be, it's also one of the most visceral and memorable dramas you'll see on the big screen this year."


"Some stricter editing wouldn’t go amiss, particularly in a needlessly baggy, to-and-fro finale, but it’s a pretty magnificent mass of movie."


"Weaving themes of colonialism and class into the broad strokes of a won’t-stop-can’t-stop revenge potboiler, the film marks a step forward for the Australian director in terms of ambition and scope."

The GuardianThe Guardian

"Both a canny fulfillment and a skillful subversion of the conventions of the revenge thriller, the picture becomes a touch overextended in its final stretches but is nonetheless sustained by the coherence and intense muscularity of its filmmaking."

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times

"It's a devastating, uncomfortable watch. But there's a sense that The Nightingale needs to be exactly the film it is, bubbling with completely justified anger and pain."

Little White LiesLittle White Lies

"Acclaimed filmmakers often face the challenge of big expectations on their second features, but Kent joins the ranks of sophomore filmmakers whose new movies expand on their debuts in startlingly ambitious ways."


"If The Nightingale doesn’t quite fulfill the high expectations for Kent’s sophomore feature, it still shows a director with a muscular handle on her craft..."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

The Nightingale (2018) | Details

Award winner
Winner of the Special Jury Prize (Kent) and the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress (Ganambarr), 2018 Venice Film Festival
MA15+, Strong sexual violence, violence, themes and coarse language
Country of origin

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