“Ward creates more horror in this low budget movie with his play of light and shadow than Stanley Kubrick was able to create in the whole of the Shining.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“Stunning… Rigourously constructed with one exquisitely composed image following another… film becomes poetry.”

Los Angeles Times

“The most sensitive and intelligent film that has ever been made in New Zealand.”

The Evening Post

“Internationally-acclaimed film A State of Siege is a taut and sensitive treatment of an aging spinster’s retreat into isolation, memory and madness.”

Sydney Morning Herald

“Magnificently photographed… superb performances… A State of Siege achieves a tense and strange poetry of life in a social and spiritual backwater whose apparent uniformity and calm hold unfamiliar experience and unknown dangers.”

Sydney Morning Herald