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Australia (2008)


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 206
Fresh: 113
Rotten: 93

Critics Consensus: Built on lavish vistas and impeccable production, Australia is unfortunately burdened with thinly drawn characters and a lack of originality.

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 47
Fresh: 22
Rotten: 25

Critics Consensus: Built on lavish vistas and impeccable production, Australia is unfortunately burdened with thinly drawn characters and a lack of originality.


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 260,644


Movie Info

An English aristocrat inherits an Australian ranch the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn cattle driver to drive 2,000-head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country's most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier.

PG-13 (for some violence, a scene of sensuality, and brief strong language)
Action & Adventure , Romance , Mystery & Suspense , Classics
Directed By:
Written By:
Baz Luhrmann , Stuart Beattie
In Theaters:
Mar 3, 2009
Box Office:
20th Century Fox - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Australia

All Critics (209) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (113) | Rotten (93) | DVD (17)

It's a fine romp, epic in both ambition and visuals if not narrative - and if director Baz Luhrmann had stopped at the end of the love story's trajectory, the audience would have left entirely happy.

Full Review… | January 5, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

There's a lot to admire here, but not enough.

Full Review… | December 2, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

It's trying so hard to be epic instead of just being epic.

Full Review… | December 2, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

Sometimes Luhrmann seems to be living in a Dreamtime of his own; his movie is all over the map. But what a gorgeous map it is.

Full Review… | December 1, 2008
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Luhrmann is drawn to kitsch as inevitably as a bear to honey.

Full Review… | December 1, 2008
New Yorker
Top Critic

The massive panoramas of wild Australia suddenly make Luhrmanns wild flourishes look puny.

November 26, 2008
Top Critic

Throw out the beefcake, the Stilton cheese, and the sub-Dynasty empire-building bushwah.

Full Review… | August 16, 2011
East Bay Express

A funny frankenstein that's worth seeing just to point and laugh at.

Full Review… | March 24, 2011
What Culture

"Australia" occasionally stumbles into corny sidesteps like Hugh Jackman's "Oh, crikey" catchphrase. But Baz Luhrmann mythologized his homeland as American directors like John Ford did with Westerns - dramatic-license exaggerations that pay off in droves.

Full Review… | September 25, 2010

Australia is an enchanting throwback to an era of filmmaking which strived to entertain its audiences with dazzling spectacle and melodrama.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

Luhrmann just piles quotation mark on top of quotation mark

Full Review… | August 26, 2009

Whilst it's not the masterpiece we so desperately wanted it to be, Australia still manages to be a good time at the cinema.

Full Review… | July 30, 2009

It's a bit overloaded, though I love Luhrmann's obvious enthusiasm.

Full Review… | April 8, 2009
Window to the Movies

Here's a film you probably sneered at as its ads played for its mega-plex roll out. I beg you not to let you keep that from now buying the DVD.

Full Review… | March 31, 2009
Blunt Review

It is a huge film - in scale, scope, look and feel, and of course budget. It is also a huge disappointment.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009

Sometimes seems to be overwhelmed by Baz Luhrmann's excess, but the strength of his vision, the appeal of his visuals and the skill of his actors keep the film from capsizing.

Full Review… | March 22, 2009
Apollo Guide

Much like Scorsese's Gangs of New York, it's a film that has been long labored over, and the artist's love of the material is clear, but the inspiration has been lost along the way.

Full Review… | March 17, 2009
Decent Films Guide

Recalls the old-fashioned, golden-age Hollywood movie-movies that wrapped forbidden desire, aching heartbreak, personal tragedy, war, adventure and breathtaking thrills in a glittering overlay of movie-star glamor.

Full Review… | March 2, 2009
Miss FlickChick

Unfortunately, between its predictably and the absence of chemistry between Kidman and Jackman, Australia amounts to little more than an amusing if just as readily-forgettable diversion.

Full Review… | February 28, 2009

This is a movie for those who say they don't make 'em like they used to.

Full Review… | January 29, 2009
Laramie Movie Scope

A busca de Austrália por uma identidade cinematográfica acaba levando o filme a oscilar perigosamente entre tons terrivelmente díspares.

Full Review… | January 24, 2009
Cinema em Cena

o Baz Luhrmann htizei enan oyranoksysti apo filodoksies, pairnei to asanser gia tin taratsa kai boytaei sto keno

Full Review… | January 20, 2009
Movies for the Masses

Unashamedly old-fashioned and corny, if not quite up to the director's usual high standards.

Full Review… | January 15, 2009

Did I mention it's really long?

Full Review… | January 6, 2009

Often beautiful but wildly inconsistent, Australia is none more Baz Luhrmann, which perhaps says it all. Worth a look on the big screen, though.

Full Review… | January 5, 2009
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Australia


It's not awful, but it certainly lacks the tongue-in-cheek spark of other Baz Luhrmann films, thus rendering the emotion quite melodramatic. I wouldn't say the movie could've ended three times (in that it was too long and repetitive), but new plot points just kept building on and on. There's always more.

This must have been when Nicole Kidman was Botoxing it cuz her face is a bit plasticky, and she overmugs to compensate. Brandon Walters as the half-Aborigine boy, Nullah, is plucky and exuberant. Hugh Jackman is rough and gruff on the outside, marshmallows and puppy dogs on the inside.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


Somewhere beyond "good," but not quite "really good." I've always been a Luhrman fan, so some of the more airy or mystical qualities of this film didn't bother me, and I was often swept away by the bright, beautiful visuals. The two stories (Jackman and Kidman as the lovers in a dangerous time, and the spirit quest Kidman's adopted Aboriginal child must go on) don't exactly dovetail, but they make for a film in which multiple perspectives are presented, sometimes thoughtfully and other times laboriously. In all, I thought it an entertaining and somewhat unfairly panned film. It's either the most or the least ambitious work Luhrman's ever done, and it's worth seeing once to decide for yourself.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

I thought this was an epic 'Dances With Wolves' type film so I was alittle disappointed to discover it isn't, its more of a romantic comedy/epic in the same vain as 'Gone With the Wind'. That's fine and for what it is its a good film but its not quite my cup of tea.

It is very well made and in fine 'Gone With the Wind' form, the Aussie cast are all perfect for their roles (except Jackman seems a little typecast as 'Wolverine' hehe that's all I could think when he shows his chest, Wolverine in 1939) and the visuals are tremendous, the Oz landscape is really used for its best possible look although there is quite alot of bluescreen used which is obvious (to me anyway).

It would have been nice to see an epic about the Aborigines in 'Dances' style to be honest, that could of been very cool, the glimpses of the old Aborigine man King George is very curious and needed to be explored more. The first 30min of this film does tend to be rather romcom and silly, much like Jackmans other romcom period set film 'Kate n Leopold'. It does get much better and more serious as the war looms closer and things get abit teary for sure. The effects are, as said, obvious but look atad better during the war sequences.

Its a very old style flick, very 40's right down to the end credit fonts hehe which is nice, a good film but maybe too mushy haha but thats how they used to be right :) a nice happy ending.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


Baz Luhrmann has written a love letter to his native Australia and what better way to do it then to direct an epic! It's not quite your typical epic though, it's very camp, a little OTT and a bit tongue in cheek. At first the editing is fast and furious and I wondered if I could manage the whole 3 hours but soon it found its pace. Judging by interviews I've seen, the film very much took on its own form and almost became its own entity, a great excuse for a director to avoid criticism when things go wrong but somehow, I can almost understand that statement. As a film, it's inconsistent and a little messy but not once throughout the whole 3 hours was I ever bored, nor did the time pass slowly, quite the opposite in fact. I genuinely really liked it, I didn't expect to though, what with all the bad press it received. It kind of reminded me of 1941 or Popeye, two very big budget elaborate films that absolutely bombed at the box office but were labelled rubbish a little unfairly. Obviously Australia is a very different film but putting aside the mishaps, there are truly wonderful moments in this film that shouldn't go unnoticed. Overall, I thought that Australia ticked the most important box of all, it was fun!

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

Australia Quotes

I sing you to me, Mrs. Boss.
Lady Sarah Ashley:
And I will hear you, my darling.
– Submitted by Rachel S (23 months ago)
Need a drink?
– Submitted by Roger M (2 years ago)
Lady Sarah Ashley:
Poppy-cock poppy....cock!
– Submitted by Matt B (2 years ago)
Neil Fletcher:
It's been a pleasure working with you, a real pleasure! [with a sinister voice]
– Submitted by Matt B (2 years ago)
Welcome to Australia! [spits on the ground]
– Submitted by Matt B (2 years ago)
We gotta get those no good bloody cheeky bulls to the big bloody ship!
– Submitted by Matt B (2 years ago)

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