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Australia Reviews

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Mike Edwards
What Culture
March 24, 2011
A funny frankenstein that's worth seeing just to point and laugh at.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
November 28, 2008
Australia, director Baz Luhrmann's sweeping, romantic epic that takes place in the outback during the World War II-era, is exactly like the Energizer Bunny: It keeps going and going and going.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
November 30, 2008
You don't find many three-hour fairy tale love story war films about race relations featuring the ultra-competitive beef market in northern Australia. For good reason.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.25/4
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James Berardinelli
November 26, 2008
It looks great, but the same comment can be made about Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor, which shares more than a passing resemblance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
November 26, 2008
The result is mostly a woodenly derivative melding of '40s maternal melodramas, oaters and World War II actioners.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 26, 2008
Australia offers everything from a cattle drive to Nicole Kidman's rendition of "Over the Rainbow" to hordes of Japanese Zeros zeroing in on screaming children during the early 1942 attack on Darwin in Australia's Northern Territory, two months aft
| Original Score: 2/4
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
November 25, 2008
Simple, beautiful, important and grounded. All of which, in Baz Luhrmann's hands, bored me.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 16, 2011
Throw out the beefcake, the Stilton cheese, and the sub-Dynasty empire-building bushwah.
Fernando F. Croce
August 26, 2009
Luhrmann just piles quotation mark on top of quotation mark
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
December 20, 2008
With plot is similar to a Barbara Stanwyck '50s Western by way of Out of Africa, Luhrmann directs Kidman in a surprisingly scene-chewing performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Simon Weaving
March 25, 2009
It is a huge film - in scale, scope, look and feel, and of course budget. It is also a huge disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Anton Bitel
December 19, 2008
an endurance test of good intentions and tangled ideas, exploited facts and fuzzy fictions, where the performances, like the plot, are slapped onto the beautiful backgrounds with the broadest - and clumsiest - of strokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
December 2, 2008
There's a lot to admire here, but not enough.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
December 2, 2008
It's trying so hard to be epic instead of just being epic.
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
November 25, 2008
Dear Baz Luhrmann: You have a problem, and the first step toward solving it is recognizing it: Despite your manifest gifts as a filmmaker, you can't do tragedy. And you need to stop trying.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
November 23, 2008
Dutifully goes through the sweeping-swoony motions.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
November 19, 2008
A flawed, formulaic family crowd pleaser that barely succeeds as campy anachronistic period fluff. Will go down as a self-indulgent disappointment in many corners
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
November 26, 2008
Part melodrama, part live-action cartoon, and entirely awful ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine
November 23, 2008
An unwieldy stab at an old-fashioned movie epic, Baz Luhrmann's Australia is corny, implausible, well intentioned and even somewhat enjoyable in its own way, at least for a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Victoria Alexander
November 21, 2008
Terrible. Cartoonish turkey with no script. Australia should rescind Baz's citizenship. Smart move, Russell Crowe, backing out of this.
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