Ned Kelly 2003

Ned Kelly

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More depth about the legendary outlaw would be welcome, but as it is, Ned Kelly is a reasonably entertaining Western.

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In the face of various underhanded maneuvers by local authorities, 19th century Australian bush ranger Ned Kelly (Heath Ledger) flees to the outback with his brother, Dan (Laurence Kinlan), and two other cohorts (Orlando Bloom, Philip Barantini). As the gang's reputation grows, they take on Superintendent Francis Hare (Geoffrey Rush), while Kelly encounters a little romance in the form of Julia Cook (Naomi Watts). It all comes to a violent head in the town of Glenrowan.

Cast & Crew

Naomi Watts
Julia Cook
Geoffrey Rush
Superintendent Hare
Joel Edgerton
Aaron Sherritt
Kiri Paramore
Constable Fitzpatrick
Kerry Condon
Kate Kelly
Tim Bevan
Executive Producer
Eric Fellner
Executive Producer
Timothy White
Executive Producer
Oliver Stapleton
Cinematographer
Steven Jones-Evans
Production Designer
Anna Borghesi
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Critic Reviews for Ned Kelly

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (26)

  • Ultimately, Jordan's vision is so murky that Ned Kelly remains as foreign to us as wombat stew.

    May 14, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • If Ned Kelly is supposed to be an anti-hero to root for, his speeches border on parody and his cause is really unclear.

    March 29, 2004
  • Offers a couple of well-filmed showdowns and lots of pretty landscapes, but you need more than scenic views and stylish action to chronicle a life, especially one as controversial as Kelly's.

    March 26, 2004
  • A leaden retelling of the legend of Australia's Jesse James that has understandably been sitting on the shelf for a couple of years.

    March 26, 2004 | Rating: 1/4
  • A handsome, action-packed biographical drama with a credibility gap wider than the screen.

    March 26, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Ledger, talking into his chest for much of the film in an apparent effort to lend gravity to his performance, is pretty stiff, but so is Jordan's direction.

    March 26, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4

Audience Reviews for Ned Kelly

  • Oct 30, 2015
    Out of all the film's that have been inspired by the 'legend' that Ned Kelly has become, this particular 2003 interpretation of Australia's most famous Bushranger (or "Wild Colonial Boy", an Outlaw of Colonial Australia) is the most entertaining screen version of the Bushranger's life and exploits that have made him such an icon to Australia alone. I humbly admire every bit of the effort everyone involved put into this film; to bring the story of Ned Kelly to the big screen. I must say the cinematography, production design, costumes and make up are every bit as exceptional as what any other previous Colonial Australia films have portrayed in the past, It really does look like you're stepping back in time. Heath Ledger is certainly one of the finest actors to have ever played the role of Ned Kelly, add to that you've got several more internationally known actors such as Naomi Watts, Geoffrey Rush and Orlando Bloom in very significant memorable roles, not to mention there are some minor roles from now very well known Australian actors such as Joel Edgerton and Emily Browning. Klaus Bedelt's score even gives the film a great sense of poetic Colonial life and gives us just as much of a primary storytelling essence as the actual film itself. Add to that, with such an incredibly poetic and immersive script along with Ledger's performance, this gives us an insight as to what Ned did and why he did what he did. While not one hundred per cent historically accurate, the craftsmanship and character study essence is what really makes this film worth it, and it's easy enough to come to this film with very little to 'no' knowledge about who Ned Kelly is. But in defining everything about the man or legend Ned Kelly has since become (and will remain), then look no further than to seek out this very underrated and magnificently made film purely for your own historical or entertainment fascination.
    Luke E Super Reviewer
  • Jul 20, 2012
    Star studded cast, together retells the great Australian legend: Ned Kelly. A little bit shallow on showing more depth of the legend, it's kinda a neo-western with some elements of epic films. Orlando Bloom proved to be a surprisingly good actor as he plays Joe Byrne. However, the film glorified an outlaw which was slightly depressing, totally improved the reputation of Australians.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Sep 24, 2011
    a bit of a miss in regards to the source material. the legend deserved a better film then this turned out to be. ledger was an interesting choice for the lead but he wasn't supported with any substance
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2011
    It has a good deal of high points, good production value, a solid score and another great performance from Ledger, as well as from his castmates. However, the predominant dullness, underused narrative, occasional disturbances and lack of depth leave Gregor Jordan's "Ned Kelly" to draw a little sloppily, but still hit its mark to an extent.
    Cameron J Super Reviewer

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