Aroview: As sensational as it is important, Lee Tamahori's adaptation managed to transform Alan Duff's relentlessly down-beat novel about domestic violence into a slick, highly digestible drama without compromising its integrity, then went on to become a local box-office record-breaker. Exceptional performances, direction and script combine to deliver a film of enormous potency.
Average rating (Very Good). Showing 1-3 of 4 member reviews.
5 stars (Exceptional) One of NZ's best films, based on an excellent novel, this will go down in the history books as an all-time must-see. Shedding insight to 80s/90s NZ gang culture, this drama is gripping and emotionally-charged throughout.~Tom H
3 stars (Good Enough) The first time I saw this movie - I cried, hated father, felt sorry for the children and the wife - Truly an emotional roller-coaster - I felt exhausted yet hopeful at the end of this cinematic journey. ~Anon