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Bran Nue Dae (2010)



Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 60
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 26

It's original and high-spirited, but Bran Nue Dae is also uneven and sometimes overly kitschy.


Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 11

It's original and high-spirited, but Bran Nue Dae is also uneven and sometimes overly kitschy.



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Bran Nue Dae is a charming new Australian-based, music-driven road movie/romantic comedy starring Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush that literally bursts onto the screen with unbridled energy and fun. Loosely based on one of Australia's most beloved and popular musicals, Bran Nue Dae is a foot stomping tour-de-force centering on the romantic adventures of a young aboriginal couple set against the spectacularly beautiful Australian landscape.


Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy

Reg Cribb, Rachel Perkins


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All Critics (61) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (26)

The film is uneven but in a kind of sweet, earnest way.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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You have to wonder about the film's almost complete portrayal of Aborigines as dim-witted dunderers, dancing fools, thieves and drunks. Whites fare no better. Does the film explode stereotypes, or reinforce them?

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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The bright colors and vibrant backgrounds ... go a long way in distracting from shortcomings in the story and style of this offhand hybrid.

September 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Bran Nue Dae is an infectiously joyful Australian Aboriginal musical.

September 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Soon, whenever someone launches into a song, you roll your eyes and hope the tune is a short one.

September 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Geoffrey Rush chews so much scenery that he looks ready to burst.

September 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Cute and deliciously off-kilter.

February 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Nation
Movie Nation

The quirkiest musical I've ever seen, and despite its flaws I enjoyed it.

December 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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It's a Bran Nue Dae for Australian comedy. Enjoyable and satirical; a pleasant surprise.

October 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Moviedex

Bran Nue Dae is so spectacularly cheerful and effervescent it has successfully wrestled my practical criticisms and deemed them irrelevant.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix

Out of left field and Down Under comes Rachel Perkins' musical to surprise viewers, as if a stranger burst into a well-orchestrated song in conversation.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay Times

Comes off as "Moulin Rouge" at half speed, which is more of a compliment than you might imagine.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Charlotte Weekly

Instead of being a fount of melody, this film is more of a song desert with exactly one memorable song...

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Playback:stl

Reportedly a popular musical in Australia, though it's difficult to imagine why, Bran Nue Dae is a film adaptation that barely qualifies as either a film or a musical.

September 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Comment (1)
Orlando Weekly

It's not everyday you see an 'all-talking, all-singing, all-dancing'Aboriginal musical that also boasts Geoffrey Rush as a scenery-chewing priest with a dodgy German accent.

September 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Bran Nue Dae is a kooky, deliriously happy mix of happenstance and broadly-drawn characters who are apt to break into song at any given moment. It's not quite enough for me to recommend, but I'm not unhappy to have seen it.

September 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

A difficult sit for anyone unable to tune into the film's dedication to bootleg turns of plot and characterization, with the whole endeavor starting to feel like a dental drill after the first act.

September 22, 2010 Full Review Source:

It's a bit corny and reminiscent of Baz Luhrmann or Julie Taymor's pop fantasies, but we can forgive her.

September 20, 2010 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Doesn't hit on all cylinders but features some great original ideas and a bunch of catchy song and dance numbers sure to delight audiences of all ages.

September 19, 2010 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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Delightful musical trip of a teenage Aborigine through 1960's Australian outback with wonderful rocking mix of song genres, let alone hippies, to feel like Hair.

September 13, 2010 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Bran Nue Dae

Charmingly Aussie comedy-musical film - thanks to the energy of the music and dance sequences, the colourful vibrancy of Andrew Lesnie's cinematography and the ebullience of the multi-racial cast.
Director Rachel Perkins was old on the idea upon seeing the play in the early '90s, and more than a decade later has worked with Jimmy Chi to bring it to the big screen. And what a fine job she's done.
As an Aborigine, Perkin's affinity with the material is clear, and her heritage provides her with more creative leeway than a non-indigenous director may have enjoyed. For while issues such as death in custody are subtly addressed, so too are stereotypes such as binge drinking in indigenous communities, but in a far more playful fashion than we're used to.
Ostensibly, though, such issues play second fiddle to what is essentially a coming-of-age road movie, as teenager Willie attempts to make his way home to Broome from Perth after fleeing his Catholic school. At first glance, a homegrown musical featuring an Australian idol (Jessica Mauboy), a Triple J darling (Missy Higgins) and an unknown (Rocky McKenzie) may not appeal, but all acquit themselves well. Geoffrey Rush has fun as the frightfully Teutonic Father Benedictus, lending the film both credibility and quality, while Ernie Dingo's reprisal of his stage role as Uncle Tadpole is the work of a man both very familiar with, and fond of, the source material. Cameos from Deborah Mailman and Magda Szubanski are fun, frivolous and, therefore, in keeping with the overall feel of the film.
October 26, 2010
Dean McKenna

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i actually yelled at the screen in this: "what a load!!!!" i apologise for the over-reaction, but i found this to be almost as insulting as "the triumph of the will" (but certainly no less over-the-top propaganda) and perhaps insidiously akin to pat boone's "innocent" version of "tutti frutti". unfortunately i fear that i am alone in recognition of the overwhelming yet underlining hate in evidence here.
October 4, 2010

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My thoughts on this are very mixed. I enjoyed parts of it, but some just fell flat for me. One thing is for sure, Geoffrey Rush gave an incredibly hilarious performance!
September 30, 2010
Kyle S

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I thought this was really enjoyable. It was a good look at the Aboriginals in Australia in a light hearted way and set in an area we dont see a lot in Western Australia. Some nice songs and especially great singing from Miss Higgins and also Jessica Mauboy and the German kid was fun and Geoffrey Rush is always good. Ernie Dingo was a standout and plays comedy well and even had a decent voice. Not an earth shattering movie but good wholesome family stuff :)
June 8, 2010

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    1. Willie: How did you find me?
    2. Uncle Tadpole: All young boys end up at the condom tree.
    – Submitted by Kezza P (2 years ago)
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