"It's a gripping, grisly piece of work."
— Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Part of the joy of The Dry is watching this excellent cast in action."
— Sheila O'Malley, RogerEbert.com
"Through it all, the elegance of the filmmaking, the rich detail and the quality of the performances combine to hypnotic effect."
— Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"The Dry is full of memories, suspicions, little rabbit holes of the mind, and at its most gripping, is all the more interesting for it."
— K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone
"'The Dry' is a thinking-person's thriller, laden with effective symbolism and reflective of the unforgiving terrain on which it is based."
— Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News
"Its intriguing layers of ambiguity, compelling performances and distinctive setting should spark interest, particularly from audiences hungry for adult drama."
— David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
"Director Robert Connolly’s adaptation is a very gripping and polished film, commandingly performed and directed, with an airtight sense of tonal cohesivenes."
— Luke Buckmaster, The Guardian
"The knotty plotting, along with the strong sense of place, is what makes "The Dry" so compelling. The film was a big hit in its native Australia. It deserves the same success here."
— Gary M. Kramer, Salon.com
"Expertly directed and co-written by respected filmmaker Robert Connolly ('Balibo,' 'Paper Planes'), The Dry has all the character intrigue, clever plot twists and red herrings to keep viewers guessing."
— Richard Kuipers, Variety
"Bana is excellent as the reluctant outsider —determined, haunted and empathetic — and he’s surrounded by ace character actors. [...] 'The Dry' never feels rushed or undercooked. This is an import that’s worth seeking out."
— Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press
"[Eric] Bana is rock-solid throughout, able to convey sensitivity and moral probity through a not quite impassive facade — never overdoing it, never underdoing it — and yet fulfilling his duties as the movie’s locus of feeling and meaning. At home in his native country, Bana has never been better."
— Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle