Ned Kelly Reviews

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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Mike Clark
USA Today
March 25, 2004
Monotonous and drags toward the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 25, 2004
There is a potent national epic struggling to find expression here, but this movie is too rushed and fragmented to do it justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
March 25, 2004
A highly formal and conventional film that is too often merely ponderous when it should be stirring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
March 25, 2004
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 | Original Score: B
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
March 25, 2004
When the whole thing's over, we're left with almost no sense of why this story has been such an enduring part of Australian pop culture and national identity for the last 125 years.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 25, 2004
Manages to shrink the grandness of the myth without clarifying our understanding of the man.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
March 23, 2004
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.
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David Stratton
Variety
March 28, 2003
The handsome, meticulously produced picture ... impresses for its rigorous recreation of the period and its refusal to turn the Kelly legend into horse opera.
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Erin Free
Hollywood Reporter
March 20, 2003
A striking, stately and ultimately deeply moving experience.