Tomorrow, When the War Began Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 29, 2012
...despite the R-rating, this isn't really a movie for grown-ups, Tomorrow When the War Began can't be completely dismissed as a teen movie either. It's a curious thing, with sleek, fluid action set pieces and moments that approach - then bungle - grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
February 23, 2012
"Tomorrow" is less realistic than "Red Dawn," if you can wrap your head around that without making it pop off.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
February 23, 2012
You know the drill: A small group of unsuspecting adventurers wanders into danger, and not all of them will get out alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bill Gibron
Filmcritic.com
February 23, 2012
a nice combination of high school angst and blockbuster action
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
February 23, 2012
Just fast-moving fun, enough so to gloss over its shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
February 23, 2012
This is a movie that packs in a lot of very cool action while still addressing its themes intelligently. It's one to seek out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
February 23, 2012
Quite a crafty genre mash-up that deserves to find an audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
February 22, 2012
Undeniably entertaining, but also profoundly silly, making Red Dawn look like a documentary by comparison.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Calum Marsh
Slant Magazine
February 21, 2012
So full of stock types and clichés it makes The Breakfast Club look like Nashville.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
February 20, 2012
A resistance-combatant-primer disguised as a teen-exploitation flick, "Tomorrow When the War Began" delights in guilty pleasures.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jason Best
Movie Talk
September 20, 2011
Despite the far-fetched set-up (and the often clunky dialogue and acting), you'll soon be rooting for the plucky teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
The door is tantalisingly left open for a sequel, and if it's as enjoyable as this then it won't be an unwelcome one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
April 11, 2011
American audiences might prefer to see their own country being invaded by Asiatic hordes on the big screen, but Tomorrow, When the War Began is as glossy and slick as any Hollywood production . . .
April 10, 2011
This is cringe-worthy commercial cinema of the worst kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Philip French
Guardian
April 10, 2011
Despite some effective moments, the film doesn't begin to compare with Milius's highly sophisticated rightwing movie that gives the Soviet and Cuban invaders their due.
Derek Malcolm
This is London
April 8, 2011
Despite some decent acting, the teenagers seem more cardboard than flesh and blood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
April 8, 2011
It passes the time innocuously enough, but the ingredients for global success are missing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike Edwards
What Culture
April 8, 2011
Headline 'serious teen issues' are crammed down our throats in the most inane and unbelievable way imaginable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
April 8, 2011
Well worth catching due to believable characters, some great action scenes and a looming sense of threat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
April 7, 2011
Based on a cult teen novel by John Marsden, the picture has some arresting set-pieces but never makes much sense (where is the Australian army?) and only generates sporadic tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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