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Ned Kelly Reviews

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May 26, 2007
Much as late 19th century Australian outlaw Ned Kelly was a charismatic figure who won the adulation of the Irish immigrant masses there, Heath Ledger as that romantic revolutionary of the film's title breathes astonishing vigor into the role.
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 27, 2005
The story might have more resonance with Australians, since compared to American folk heroes Ledger's Ned Kelly comes off as a bit square and self-serious.
Read More | Original Score: B-
September 8, 2004
[A] tricky film, punctuated by bursts of staccato surrealism and bitter humor...
August 8, 2004
Rises above its own shortcomings through Heath Ledger's electric embodiment of Ned.
April 14, 2004
A ride that doesn't take us far enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 3, 2004
Details such as the film's stark Victoria locations and the clunky suits of steel armor the Kellys fashion for the climactic showdown root things in a distinctive time and place, allowing viewers to experience the familiar storyline in a fresh way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 30, 2004
A hefty dose of Australian history and legend, magnificently enhanced by a landscape that serves as more than just travelogue.
March 26, 2004
Jordan's nightmarish vision of the Australian landscape is vividly haunting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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+
March 25, 2004
Challenging, dramatic, provocative.
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
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-
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.
March 22, 2004
Begs for deeper answers, but never provides them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 20, 2004
Reasonably engrossing Western, but lacks political resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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
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