Posted by SamClaflinFans on August 20th, 2019


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The Nightingale came out in various cinemas across the US and Australia this month, as well as during film festivals such as the London Sundance Film Festival and the Venice International Film Festival. With the help of our friend Olga, we compiled a few reviews mentioning Sam’s amazing performance as Hawkins in the movie. Obviously, this is a non-exhaustive list that we will try to update.

The Nightingale also won Best Australian Feature Award at the 2019 Melbourne International Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival.

You can also watch our interview with Sam and spoiler-free review below:

Awards Circuit: “Meanwhile, Claflin showcases career-best work. When he is pushed, he is terrifying to everyone around him. He shows no remorse and pure anger at those around him. His entitlement drips from the screen, and his performance as an angry white man comes through in spades. He is dangerous and violent, but what could be the most chilling of all is the righteous way he performs these acts.”

Slashfilm: “On the opposite end of the spectrum is Claflin, as the consistently cruel Hawkins. This is a tricky character, because Claflin has to portray him as both someone with zero redeeming qualities who also thinks he’s entirely justified in his actions. It’s a tightrope act – in Hawkins’ mind, the violence he enacts towards Clare, Billy and others is perfectly natural, because he’s superior to them. The actor nails this…

Variety:  “Sam Claflin, playing adventurously and horrifically against type.”

A.V. Club Claflin, so charismatic in the Hunger Games and elsewhere, provides shades of a soul, shining very faintly beneath his barbarism.”

Joe Blo’s Movie Emporium:Claflin’s never disappeared into a part like this, thoroughly embracing how repugnant the character is in a way that calls timing vintage Oliver Reed.”

Nerdist:the towering performances (especially by Sam Claflin, whose Hawkins is one of the most sadistic, cruel, and eminently punchable villains since Joffrey Baratheon)”

Collider: “Sam Claflin brings an especially vile form of evil to screen playing the leader of the aforementioned group of soldiers, Lt. Hawkins.”

Jumpcut online: “Another surprising aspect of The Nightingale is that it features a completely different kind of role for Sam Claflin. Claflin has certainly been moving on and growing up from his origins in big-budget franchises (The Hunger Games, Pirates of the Caribbean, Snow White) and rom-coms (Love, Rosie and Me Before You). In recent years, he has been taking on much more morally complex roles in The Riot Club, My Cousin Rachel and Journey’s End. The role of Hawkins here is definitely his most out-and-out villainous and evil role yet, but one he leans into well, without becoming cartoonish. He mostly sticks to his accent – which is of Northern England (yet another unexpected choice) throughout and entirely divests himself of any of the boyish charm which he displayed as recently as last year’s Adrift.”

Weliveentertainment“If you are like me, you probably never thought you could hate Sam Claflin because he always plays that lovable nice guy that somehow manages to die in every other film. Well, I hate to break it to you, but Jennifer Kent has managed to make Claflin play a character that is so deplorable and vile that you may never be able to look at Sam Claflin the same way ever again. His performance is so deeply disturbing because he plays a character that shows zero remorse for his actions. He rapes and kills without a care in the world. Claflin’s performance as Hawkins is some next level acting. I honestly can’t believe that I was watching the same guy who was in Their Finest because he transforms into a man that not only abuses his power but one that doesn’t have a single redeemable quality about him.”

The Lamplight Review:“Claflin, so dashing and charming in the Pirates of the Caribbean and Hunger Games franchises, is absolutely monstrous as the sadistic Lieutenant, and viewers will have a difficult time conjuring up a cinematic villain that evokes so much hatred.

Discussing Film: “Sam Claflin is unrecognisable as the irredeemable white-devil-like officer, his performance is unfathomably intense and Claflin gets lost within.”

The List: “As Claflin bristles with dangerous levels of entitlement, it recalls his performance in contemporary drama The Riot Club, with white male privilege then and now spilling over into violence.”

Observer:A veteran of the Hunger Games films, Sam Claflin is terrifying as Hawkins, the lieutenant who is infatuated with Clare’s beauty but has complete disregard for her humanity.”

Hollywood News: “So too is Sam Claflin, whose Hawkins is about as vile a human as possible to be depicted on screen.”

Rolling Stone: “Claflin, the blond dreamboat Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games series, plays this colonial monster without dropping his charm and good looks, which makes him doubly scary. It’s a bold gamble of a performance that pays off.”

Reeling Reviews:but the most astounding performance comes from Claflin, showing complex layers of villainy rooted in the fragility of the male ego like nothing we’ve seen from him before.”

The Wrap:“powerfully terrifying in his disregard for all others but himself. It’s a villainous part Claflin plays with a cool surface that thinly veils his character’s murderous contempt.”

LA Times:Claflin, in a courageously loathsome performance, doesn’t just play a man prone to mindless acts of violence; he puts a smug face on the colonialist experiment, giving flesh to its senseless, predatory horror.

Boston Herald: “In a departure from his leading man roles, Claflin is very convincing as a colonial-era rapist/serial killer.

Urban Cinephile: “Sam Claflin is cast cleverly against type as the evil Lieutenant Hawkins, personifying all that was bad about the English colonialists. If a movie is defined by the effectiveness of its baddie, Claflin has done his job.”

Film Forward: “Claflin, as Lieutenant Hawkins, has the looks of a dashing military officer of the Regency period, straight out of a Jane Austen novel, and his layered character certainly feels entitled. Hawkins’s sense of shame regarding his own actions only makes him more defensive and cruel; he and others under his command are compelled to wipe out anyone or anything that could remind them of their culpability.”

Punch Drunk Critics: “As Hawkins, he is so disgusting and awful, committing acts of savagery against men, mothers, and children alike, that it’ll be hard to see Claflin as anything else for a long time.”

Victoria Advocate: “Franciosi and Ganambarr are stunning in the film, but it’s Sam Claflin’s surprising performance as the immoral and merciless lieutenant that delivers the biggest impact. What an image breaker for the actor primarily known as a romantic lead.”


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