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Australia Reviews

May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 5, 2009
It's a fine romp, epic in both ambition and visuals if not narrative - and if director Baz Luhrmann had stopped at the end of the love story's trajectory, the audience would have left entirely happy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
December 2, 2008
There's a lot to admire here, but not enough.
December 2, 2008
It's trying so hard to be epic instead of just being epic.
December 1, 2008
Sometimes Luhrmann seems to be living in a Dreamtime of his own; his movie is all over the map. But what a gorgeous map it is.
December 1, 2008
Luhrmann is drawn to kitsch as inevitably as a bear to honey.
November 27, 2008
Luhrmann labors to frame his work as a grandiose social problem film -- rarely has a movie tried so hard, and so fruitlessly, for our love
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 26, 2008
The massive panoramas of wild Australia suddenly make Luhrmanns wild flourishes look puny.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 26, 2008
The result is mostly a woodenly derivative melding of '40s maternal melodramas, oaters and World War II actioners.
November 26, 2008
A wildly ambitious, luridly indulgent spectacle of romance, action, melodrama and historic revisionism, Australia is windy, overblown, utterly preposterous and insanely entertaining.
November 26, 2008
Australia tries to be a sprawling, romantic epic. Instead, it's a melodramatic exercise in tedium.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 26, 2008
At once sprawling and intimate, melodramatic and comic, magnificent and utterly bonkers, it bears entertaining witness to Luhrmann's love of old movies and his Down Under homeland.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 26, 2008
Are we so desperate to sate our malnourished nostalgia for movie magic that we'd settle for a facsimile so grand, lavish and empty?
Read More | Original Score: 2/6
November 26, 2008
Australia delivers with real panache.
November 26, 2008
[Luhrmann] veers from earnest drama to brisk comedy and then tries to hold it together with awkward voiceover narration. Within five minutes, Australia seems headed for trouble. It gets there and stays there.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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
November 26, 2008
Long in the making -- and almost as long in the watching -- Baz Luhrmann's Australia is epic piffle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 26, 2008
This film is a long love song written in two parts, and these actors duet nicely.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 26, 2008
Never boring but often exhausting, Australia finally pulls itself together for an emotionally satisfying ending. Or six. Pass the gravy.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 26, 2008
Australia is being marketed as the kind of old-fashioned romantic epic Hollywood rarely makes anymore, and after you've sat through it, you'll be thankful they don't.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 26, 2008
Comedy and tragedy, action and melodrama, full measures of quirk and swoon: It's just a plain good time at the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 26, 2008
Australia is so damnably eager to please that it feels like being pinned down by a giant overfriendly dingo and having your face licked for about three hours: theoretically endearing but, honestly, kind of gross.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 26, 2008
What a gorgeous film, what strong performances, what exhilarating images and -- yes, what sweeping romantic melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 26, 2008
It's an endurance test that ends in moans of recognition as characters seem to be acting out scenes from other, better movies. Really, you don't want to sit through this.
Full Review | Original Score: D
November 26, 2008
Even more than a Western, Australia is a musical without a songbook. Its emotions are large, its rhythms bold.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 26, 2008
Australia provides some remarkable moments: remarkably beautiful, remarkably imaginative and, against all odds, genuinely moving, which in a movie this overwrought and overblown is, in itself, remarkable.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 26, 2008
This almost three-hour epic keeps shooting for the stars but usually crash-lands with a thud. Someone should have told co-writer/director Baz Luhrmann that just because you call your movie Australia doesn't mean you've created a national epic.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 26, 2008
Australia strains to do it all, and finally all you can see is the strain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 26, 2008
I must confess that I might have been harder on Mr. Luhrmann's film if I had not remained entranced by Ms. Kidman.
November 26, 2008
Calling a Baz Luhrmann movie a crazy mess isn't necessarily a damning statement. But it isn't an automatic compliment, either.
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
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 26, 2008
Beautiful scenery and the best intentions can't save Australia from dissolving in goo.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 26, 2008
Australia is a pastiche of genres and references wrapped up into one horse-galloping, cattle-stampeding, camera-swooping, music-swelling, widescreen package.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 26, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 25, 2008
It's not Luhrmann's best work to date, but it has crowd-rousing flair to spare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 25, 2008
It almost goes without saying that the film looks gorgeous, but the filmmaking behind it feels unsure how to work on this grand a scale. Australia is big. But it never fills the screen.
Read More | Original Score: C
November 25, 2008
Missing the 'e' in epic, the filmmaker has produced a labored pic, weighed down by the very artifice that is traditionally his specialty.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 25, 2008
Baz Luhrmann's entertaining Australia simply must be watched on the biggest screen possible, as I imagine it becomes sillier and sillier as it shrinks.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
November 25, 2008
Halfway through, Australia veers sharply into Serious Issue mode.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 25, 2008
It's a mystery to me how Baz Luhrmann continues to be regarded as a director worth following.
November 25, 2008
Though Luhrmann starts with plenty of potential, he squanders it almost immediately.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 25, 2008
If Luhrmann takes too long to tell the tale, it is at least a tale worth telling, shining a light on racism and mistreatment, folding it neatly into a crowded film that entertains us for most of the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 25, 2008
It's messy and overwrought. But ambition this grand is worth two hours and 40 minutes of Aussie scenery, history (fudged), romance and war.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 24, 2008
Overlong and self-indulgent.
November 24, 2008
Jackman has musical-theater chops and knows how to sell material this ham-handed; Kidman isn't quite as deft.
November 20, 2008
Embracing grand old-school melodrama while critiquing racist old-fashioned politics, Baz Luhrmann's grandiose Australia provides a luxurious bumpy ride.
November 18, 2008
The most expensive Australian film ever made is rousing and passionate.