Australia Reviews

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June 6, 2019
A beautifully rendered but flawed pastiche of the grand epics of old.
May 22, 2019
Look, I realize this subject is a labor of love for Luhrmann, but the real pain comes from watching the final product -- not making it.
November 6, 2018
What you do get... is a firm commitment to epic, triple-espresso-shot extreme romance (the kind spelled XTREEEM!) and the kind of tear-jerking that involves having both your arms wrenched behind your back until you holler "Uncle!"
November 6, 2018
Australia, a heaping blend of romance, adventure and action, is for all those folks who ask, "Why don't they make movies like they used to?
November 6, 2018
Australia is as big, lumbering, vast, dry, and aimless as the catch-all title would lead you to believe.
November 6, 2018
Unless you don't remember what it's like to be so young with a head full of daydreams, you'll be happy to be carried off into the gorgeous Australian sunset.
November 6, 2018
Australia works well enough to recommend, but this will likely be the least-worshiped movie in Luhrmann's filmography.
November 6, 2018
When [Luhrmann] goes from silly to turgid in 60 seconds flat -- he punctures Australia's proportions down from epic to simply overwrought.
November 6, 2018
There's a lot that feels jarringly overdone here.
November 4, 2018
Hard-hitting social commentary is not [Baz Luhrmann's] forte and while he strives for analogy and pertinence, all is lost in a dust cloud of galloping horses and magical realist swish.
August 13, 2018
Australia offers an often engaging story with some amazing cinematic moments. But with less self-indulgence on Luhrmann's part, it could have achieved greatness.
February 6, 2018
"Australia" is a shameless-and shamelessly entertaining-pastiche. It works because Luhrmann, a true believer in movie-movie magic, stamps it all with the force of his own extravagant, generous personality.
August 22, 2017
Australia strains hard for epic Gone with the Wind territory, but it is undone by its own hubris, although, to be fair, the scenes of the Australian outback almost make the film worth seeing. Almost...
January 29, 2016
The effect of watching a Baz Luhrmann film is indistinguishable from the effect of having a crater-sized parcel of glitter dropped on your head.
October 21, 2014
What a pleasant surprise to discover that the film has earned its sweeping title.
February 14, 2012
August 16, 2011
Throw out the beefcake, the Stilton cheese, and the sub-Dynasty empire-building bushwah.
May 6, 2011
March 24, 2011
A funny frankenstein that's worth seeing just to point and laugh at.
September 25, 2010
"Australia" occasionally stumbles into corny sidesteps like Hugh Jackman's "Oh, crikey" catchphrase. But Baz Luhrmann mythologized his homeland as American directors like John Ford did with Westerns - dramatic-license exaggerations that pay off in droves.
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