“It’s one of the best Kiwi films of the past ten years.”

The Dominion Post, Tom Cardy

“One of five “pick of picks” from 200 titles in the (Hawaii) festival programme.”

The Hollywood Reporter

“A robust and highly entertaining picture…an abundance of rollicking action, wonderful imagery and committed performances…a viscerally engaging adventure that works the emotions…Ward’s spectacular vistas prove that New Zealand’s scenery is even grander sans hobbits and centaurs, his camera finding awesome sights that underscore the tumult of the character drama.”

Empire, Luke Goodsell

“Frequently brilliant…Ward plumbs the nation’s soul brilliantly… Actors Temuera Morrison and Cliff Curtis: blaze charisma.”

The Dominion Post, Alexander Bisley

“Handsome location photography and fervent performance. What is interesting about Ward’s story is that the dividing lines [between the indigenous peoples and their imperial oppressor] are not as clear as they seem.”

Guardian, Peter Bradshaw

“A refreshingly moving, satisfying and invigorating film.”

Daily Yomiuri (Japan), Brian Chapman

“Poetic and brilliantly shot…breathtaking and beautiful.”

BBC Radio 5, Mark Kermode

“Samantha Morton and Cliff Curtis are charismatically cast as the cross-cultural couple.”

Sydney Daily Telegraph, Vicky Roach