Bran Nue Dae Reviews

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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
September 24, 2010
The film is uneven but in a kind of sweet, earnest way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 24, 2010
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
September 23, 2010
The bright colors and vibrant backgrounds ... go a long way in distracting from shortcomings in the story and style of this offhand hybrid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
September 23, 2010
Bran Nue Dae is an infectiously joyful Australian Aboriginal musical.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 22, 2010
Soon, whenever someone launches into a song, you roll your eyes and hope the tune is a short one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 13, 2010
Geoffrey Rush chews so much scenery that he looks ready to burst.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Patrick Friel
Chicago Reader
September 10, 2010
This Australian musical-comedy seems like a project for which everyone involved had ideas but no one had veto power.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 10, 2010
The story sails by, mostly unimpeded, toward its feel-good conclusion and is likely to be forgotten even before the final credits have faded from the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 10, 2010
A cheerful and proudly corny musical that's pretty hard to resist if you're in the right frame of mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 10, 2010
The singsongy score is a mostly forgettable potpourri of folk, reggae, country and gospel poorly lip-synced by cast members whose uneven vocal chops underscore the ingenuousness of characters like the virginal Willie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
September 10, 2010
When Australian Aborigines appear on the big screen, it's rare to see them as fully fleshed-out contemporary human beings. That's where this lightweight and enjoyable, if frustratingly uneven, comedy-musical makes its biggest contribution.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
September 10, 2010
A sunny, colorful Australian Aborigine musical sounds like a good idea, but Bran Nue Dae is a very slightly plotted, over-the-top film with hammy acting suitable for an old Benny Hill episode.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
September 10, 2010
It's almost impossible not to be swept up by the exuberant fun of this singing, dancing, irony-laced ode to the repression, reeducation and resistance of Australia's indigenous tribal peoples circa 1969.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 9, 2010
Though the film seems to be cobbled together from saints-and-sinners tropes that were rusty in Victorian times, its high spirits are infectious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 9, 2010
The desert colors pop. The songs are catchy. The lip-synching, meanwhile, is always a little off, and the dancing is usually average at best. That homemade quality is part of the movie's charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
September 9, 2010
Director Rachel Perkins aims for broad comedy in the familiar Australian style -- in the manner of Muriel's Wedding and Strictly Ballroom -- but she often overshoots, and slapstick overwhelms the movie's satire of the infinite varieties of piety.
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Aaron Hillis
L.A. Weekly
September 9, 2010
The choreography is sloppy and lifeless; the outmoded blend of vintage rock, country and Broadway styles doesn't click; and the characters are such caricatures that it's no wonder the entire cast is overacting.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 9, 2010
The two leads are sweet and attractive, their roles don't place great demands, and the movie skips along happily, if a little disorganzed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Fear
Time Out
September 9, 2010
The movie will make you tap your toes; don't expect much for your head or your heartstrings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5