Tomorrow, When the War Began Reviews

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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
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
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
Sean Rom
Trespass
September 1, 2010
The film wants to be slick entertainment and is for the most part so relentlessly paced that emotional engagement is near impossible. This is definitely not a boring film. It just could have been a lot better.
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
April 6, 2011
A bright idea let down by some spectacularly wooden acting, a clunky script and implausible sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
September 1, 2010
Tomorrow When The War Began jettisons its greatest asset - (author) John Marsden's insight into teenage insecurities and idealistic vision - in the name of stock heroics and sellable stunt work.
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
Robbie Collin
News of the World
April 3, 2011
The original book was praised for nailing the way teenagers think and speak. Unfortunately, that's not been carried over to the screen version - unless the teenagers you know think and speak like saucer-eyed chumps reading their emotions off an autocue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
September 2, 2010
As an experienced screenwriter, Beattie (whose credits include Collateral and the first Pirates of the Caribbean) could have done a better job of polishing the TWTWB script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
Ken McIntyre
Total Film
March 30, 2011
If teens battling soldiers sounds like your cup of tea, drink deep. If not, stick with Red Dawn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cath Clarke
Guardian
April 7, 2011
This has a stand-out, star-making performance from Neighbours' Caitlin Stasey - if only she didn't always emerge from battle looking as if she'd just stepped out of a L'Oréal advert.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
April 6, 2011
There's a vein of thoughtfulness running beneath the brazenly explosive action highlights and fist-pumping soundtrack, though the suspense does fall prey to some debilitating credibility issues.
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
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
April 6, 2011
Tonally it shifts from mild comedy to the shock of seeing an internee getting his head blown off and the conceit is about as convincing as The Sullivans taking on a Panzer Division.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
September 3, 2010
Adapting one of Australia's best-loved novels for young readers was never going to be easy. Stuart Beattie has had a successful career as a writer rather than as a director but, in both areas, the movie falls short.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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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
Drew Taylor
The Playlist
February 24, 2012
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
March 1, 2012
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