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Ned Kelly Reviews

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Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
March 26, 2004
Director Gregor Jordan ("Buffalo Soldiers") knows how to weave fact and folklore to elevate this tale of an Australian Robin Hood.
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March 26, 2004
Heath Ledger makes this good guy gone bad seem worthy of his legendary status - he makes it easy to root for the outlaws.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
March 26, 2004
The production is always engaging, always compelling, but to what end? What happens in Australia after Ned Kelly and his band make their mark? The film doesn't say.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
March 26, 2004
Jordan stages the action scenes with energy and aplomb; when his heroes dive headlong into mythology, they do it with gusto and plenty of ammunition.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
March 25, 2004
Monotonous and drags toward the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

E! Online
March 25, 2004
There's a serious dose of historical relevance adding breadth to the western-y shootin' and robbin'. Not to mention, the brilliantly lit nature shots are as stunning as the leads.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 25, 2004
There is a potent national epic struggling to find expression here, but this movie is too rushed and fragmented to do it justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
March 25, 2004
A highly formal and conventional film that is too often merely ponderous when it should be stirring.
| Original Score: 2/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
March 25, 2004
Challenging, dramatic, provocative.
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
March 25, 2004
Fans of American Westerns will find plenty to like, so long as they can get their heads around the accents and the occasional wombat.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
March 25, 2004
When the whole thing's over, we're left with almost no sense of why this story has been such an enduring part of Australian pop culture and national identity for the last 125 years.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 25, 2004
Manages to shrink the grandness of the myth without clarifying our understanding of the man.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
March 24, 2004
starts off as predictable but enjoyable nonsense and goes so thoroughly off the rails,
| Original Score: 2/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 24, 2004
Elegantly mounted and realized, to be sure, but basically a fairly conventional portrait of your typical noble rebel...it might have been much more.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
March 23, 2004
Marks a welcome departure from the usual rah-rah machismo of the semi-nationalist action adventure, but Jordan never escapes the mighty shadow of The Thin Red Line.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
March 22, 2004
Begs for deeper answers, but never provides them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
March 20, 2004
Reasonably engrossing Western, but lacks political resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Carlo Cavagna
AboutFilm.com
March 19, 2004
Where Ned Kelly deviates from more traditional melodramatic hero-ographies is in its visual and symbolic landscape.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
March 2, 2004
In a genre where the good guys and the bad guys can often be distinguished by the color of their hats, Ned Kelly is most welcome...a good guy who is also a bad guy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
February 3, 2004
Think Braveheart Down Under-an impossibly masturbatory, unilateral act of hero worship.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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