• Ned Kelly
    3 minutes 33 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Ned Kelly Reviews

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Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio

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.

Full Review Source: WBAI Web Radio

May 26, 2007

Film Threat

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 6, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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 Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: B-

January 27, 2005
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[A] tricky film, punctuated by bursts of staccato surrealism and bitter humor...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

September 8, 2004
Erica Abeel
Film Journal International

Rises above its own shortcomings through Heath Ledger's electric embodiment of Ned.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

August 8, 2004
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

A ride that doesn't take us far enough.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 3/5

April 14, 2004
Michael Tunison
Boxoffice Magazine

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 Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

April 3, 2004
Susan Michals
FilmStew.com

A hefty dose of Australian history and legend, magnificently enhanced by a landscape that serves as more than just travelogue.

Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

March 30, 2004
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Jordan's nightmarish vision of the Australian landscape is vividly haunting.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/5

March 26, 2004
Boo Allen
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

Director Gregor Jordan ("Buffalo Soldiers") knows how to weave fact and folklore to elevate this tale of an Australian Robin Hood.

Full Review

March 26, 2004
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

The production is always engaging, always compelling, but to what end? What happens in Australia after Ned Kelly and his band make their mark? The film doesn't say.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 26, 2004
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News

Jordan stages the action scenes with energy and aplomb; when his heroes dive headlong into mythology, they do it with gusto and plenty of ammunition.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 26, 2004

E! Online

There's a serious dose of historical relevance adding breadth to the western-y shootin' and robbin'. Not to mention, the brilliantly lit nature shots are as stunning as the leads.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: B+

March 25, 2004
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Challenging, dramatic, provocative.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

March 25, 2004
Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
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Fans of American Westerns will find plenty to like, so long as they can get their heads around the accents and the occasional wombat.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

March 25, 2004
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Elegantly mounted and realized, to be sure, but basically a fairly conventional portrait of your typical noble rebel...it might have been much more.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B-

March 24, 2004
Jessica Winter
Village Voice
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Marks a welcome departure from the usual rah-rah machismo of the semi-nationalist action adventure, but Jordan never escapes the mighty shadow of The Thin Red Line.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 23, 2004
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Begs for deeper answers, but never provides them.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 22, 2004
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

Reasonably engrossing Western, but lacks political resonance.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B-

March 20, 2004
Carlo Cavagna
AboutFilm.com

Where Ned Kelly deviates from more traditional melodramatic hero-ographies is in its visual and symbolic landscape.

Full Review Source: AboutFilm.com | Original Score: B

March 19, 2004

Time Out
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January 26, 2006

ComingSoon.net
April 17, 2004

Guardian
January 15, 2004

This is London
September 28, 2003
Ina Bertrand
Senses of Cinema
May 30, 2003

Sydney Morning Herald
April 4, 2003
Mark Freeman
Critical Eye

April 4, 2003
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 1, 2003
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