Ned Kelly Reviews

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Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
May 26, 2007
Much as late 19th century Australian outlaw Ned Kelly was a charismatic figure who won the adulation of the Irish immigrant masses there, Heath Ledger as that romantic revolutionary of the film's title breathes astonishing vigor into the role.
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
March 16, 2005
Director Jordan fails to deliver a film worthy of such mythical figure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 27, 2005
The story might have more resonance with Australians, since compared to American folk heroes Ledger's Ned Kelly comes off as a bit square and self-serious.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 8, 2004
[A] tricky film, punctuated by bursts of staccato surrealism and bitter humor...
Erica Abeel
Film Journal International
August 8, 2004
Rises above its own shortcomings through Heath Ledger's electric embodiment of Ned.
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
July 28, 2004
Ned Kelly suggests that not only do you not need anything of interest to watch, but you don't even need to see it at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Janice Page
Boston Globe
May 14, 2004
Ultimately, Jordan's vision is so murky that Ned Kelly remains as foreign to us as wombat stew.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
April 14, 2004
A ride that doesn't take us far enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Tunison
Boxoffice Magazine
April 3, 2004
Details such as the film's stark Victoria locations and the clunky suits of steel armor the Kellys fashion for the climactic showdown root things in a distinctive time and place, allowing viewers to experience the familiar storyline in a fresh way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Susan Michals
FilmStew.com
March 30, 2004
A hefty dose of Australian history and legend, magnificently enhanced by a landscape that serves as more than just travelogue.
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 29, 2004
If Ned Kelly is supposed to be an anti-hero to root for, his speeches border on parody and his cause is really unclear.
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
March 27, 2004
This is a traditional western, not a great one...
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
March 26, 2004
Offers a couple of well-filmed showdowns and lots of pretty landscapes, but you need more than scenic views and stylish action to chronicle a life, especially one as controversial as Kelly's.
Top Critic
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 26, 2004
A leaden retelling of the legend of Australia's Jesse James that has understandably been sitting on the shelf for a couple of years.
| Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
March 26, 2004
A handsome, action-packed biographical drama with a credibility gap wider than the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
John Anderson
Newsday
March 26, 2004
Ledger, talking into his chest for much of the film in an apparent effort to lend gravity to his performance, is pretty stiff, but so is Jordan's direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
March 26, 2004
This handsomely produced historical drama never fully engages your attention.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 26, 2004
To get swept up by the hagiographic treatment and to be all that interested in every nuance of this fellow's development, one might really need to be Australian.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 26, 2004
Jordan's nightmarish vision of the Australian landscape is vividly haunting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 26, 2004
It just couldn't get any duller.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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